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Muslim Sardinia in Mediterranean Context

Lai, Francesca (2011) Muslim Sardinia in Mediterranean Context. In: ATINER (Athens Institute for Education and Research), 4th Annual International Conference on Mediterranean Studies., 20-23 April 2011, Athens. (Submitted)

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Abstract

During the Seventh and the Eighth century A.D., a new cultural and political presence began to expand in the Mediterranean. The Muslim Empire extended his influence to many lands, from the Middle East to the West, then continues in North Africa and ended its march in Europe. Sometimes, the transitions between different ages entail a complex analysis of facts and historical dynamics. If a study concerning the Late Antiquity and the Dark Age, is geographically limited (e.g. only to the West or to the East Mediterranean sea) or is restricted to an analysis of only one of cultural aspects (e.g. Christians Romanized or Muslim World), it is known that it is highly influenced by fields of sectorial studies: the final result is a lack of a far-reaching perspective. In addition, many ideal barriers between East and West do not correspond with historic reality: they belong to preconceived and stereotyped categories. On the other side, the course of history shows that interactions between cultures are the main instrument for the development of Countries and communities. Following the common history, we can observe as insular areas from Western Mediterranean bring a rich research field. Sardinia, for example, was a part of geographical environment of the new Muslim Empire. At the beginning, Arabs tried to expand their territory: when this action failed, they created bases in the island, especially where major cities and harbours were located. New settlements constituted a useful bridge for commercial trades and migration fluxes with North Africa. The Arabs were interested in occupancy of other insular areas (Malta, Sicilia, Pantelleria, Crete, Cyprus, Rhodes). In this case, evidences connected to Arab and Muslim culture, should be included in a ’pan-Mediterranean’ context that would include West and East in a common history.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Lecture)
Publisher:Francesca Lai
Event Title:ATINER (Athens Institute for Education and Research), 4th Annual International Conference on Mediterranean Studies.
Event Dates:20-23 April 2011
Date:2011
Institution:Universita' degli Studi di Cagliari
Subjects:Area 10 - Scienze dell'antichità, filologico-letterarie e storico-artistiche > L-OR/11 Archeologia e storia dell'arte musulmana
Uncontrolled Keywords:Sardinia, Arabs, Muslims, islands, Mediterranean
ID Code:662
Deposited On:09 Nov 2011 10:51

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