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Where Three Worlds MetSicily in the Early Medieval Mediterranean$
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Sarah Davis-Secord

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781501704642

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501704642.001.0001

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Sicily from the Dār al-Islām to Latin Christendom

Sicily from the Dār al-Islām to Latin Christendom

(p.174) Chapter 4 Sicily from the Dār al-Islām to Latin Christendom
Where Three Worlds Met

Sarah Davis-Secord

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines how Sicily became integrated into the political and religious world of Latin Christendom and describes its position vis-à-vis the Muslim and Christian worlds during the eleventh and early twelfth centuries in light of three aspects of cross-Mediterranean communication: naval travel during the period of the Norman conquest, the impact of the Norman takeover on trade between Sicily and the Muslim Mediterranean, and the resulting population movements across the newly developing Muslim–Christian boundary. It first considers the military, diplomatic, and political connections between Sicily and the Normans before discussing Christian Norman Sicily's economic connections with the dār al-Islām. It shows that travelers from the Muslim world continued to sail to Christian Sicily and thus to cross the newly drawn border between territories that had been closely linked for centuries.

Keywords:   naval travel, Sicily, Latin Christendom, communication, Norman conquest, trade, population movements, Norman Sicily, economic connections, dār al-Islām

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