By Adnan Husain, K. E. Fleming
Modern academia depends categorization. one could learn Africa or Europe; East or West; the center a while or the Early smooth interval. during this cutting edge number of essays, the Mediterranean is taken as a complete. The birthplace of the 3 relevant monotheistic religions, it truly is proven to be a different cultural house characterised through hybridity, range, and cultural dynamism.
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The creation of Lucera in the 1220s predated the stark divide between the Islamic and Christian spheres enunciated across the Mediterranean during the fifteenth century. However, the twelfth and thirteenth centuries saw the emergence of a distinct difference in the balance of power between the Muslim and Christian worlds. 106 30/04/2007 4:29 PM Page 40 40 A Faithful Sea creation of Lucera was contemporary with the crusades in both the eastern and northern Mediterranean. It coincided, that is, with an increasingly belligerent stance from the Christian population of Europe: an increasing willingness to make territorial claims in the Holy Land and (more successfully) in southern Europe, and an increasing technological capacity to forward such claims convincingly.
Certainly, mainland kingdoms administered the Mediterranean islands as colonial states throughout much of the Middle Ages. However, the islands were desirable not only from a strategic point of view, but also because of their agricultural and cultural productivity. That is, they might serve as the jewels – to cite a relevant metaphor – in the crown of particularly ambitious monarchs, rather than mere stepping stones between continental states and continental colonies. Indeed, the connotations of cultural isolation born by the word “insular” have little relevance to the Mediterranean islands during the Middle Ages.
Fleming, illustrating the diversity within these religious traditions and communities, suggests the difference to be one between an Ottoman Jew and a Jew under Latin domination imagining a salvation through an eschatologically significant Ottoman sultan as Messiah. 106 30/04/2007 4:25 PM Page 20 20 A Faithful Sea the significance of Ottoman conquest in a theologized history designed to sustain their communal and religious identity in an interreligious world and specifically against Latin Christianity, complete a picture of shared interconfessional discourses about a shared history in the Mediterranean which shaped religious identity, renovated religious traditions, and patterned religious cultures of the Mediterranean.
A Faithful Sea: The Religious Cultures of the Mediterranean, 1200-1700 by Adnan Husain, K. E. Fleming