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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 in the Dār al-Islām

Sicily in the Dār al-Islām

(p.111) Chapter 3 Sicily in the Dār al-Islām
Where Three Worlds Met

Sarah Davis-Secord

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines the connections between Sicily and other parts of the dār al-Islām during the years of Muslim dominion (ninth to mid-eleventh centuries), when Sicily's ports were most regularly in communication with those of North Africa and Egypt. The largest body of evidence for these connections comes from merchant letters from the Cairo Geniza, which detail trade and migration. The chapter discusses Sicily's intellectual connections with the dār al-Islām, economic connections with Egypt and Ifrīqiya, and connections with the wider Mediterranean world.

Keywords:   economic connections, Sicily, dār al-Islām, communication, trade, migration, intellectual connections, Egypt, Ifrīqiya, Mediterranean world

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