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This essay is part of a wider research project aiming to define the components of the élite in power during the first ʿAbbāsid period. Our present purpose is to verify if, and to what extent, the sliding among different public roles must be related with the “arbitraire” of the caliph or rather...
This article examines the reaction of the Greeks to one of the most momentous events in their history, the conquest of Constantinople by the Ottoman Turks in May 1453, as it is portrayed in works of Greek popular literature up to the seventeenth century. The popular lores, apart from reflecting...
The fall of Islamic Jerusalem to the crusaders during the first Crusade created a sense of agitation and anger amongst Muslims as Islamic Jerusalem had been under their rule for centuries before. A considerable number of scholars have pointed at the Fāṭimids as the main cause of the fall of...
The presentation of the Visitatio Sepulchri scene by the Augustinian canons of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre brought it, for the first time, to its original locus. The popular ritual re-enacts the dialogue between the women and the angel/s at the empty tomb, and the annunciation of the...
The well-known Arab traveller Ibn Jubayr sailed from Acre (modern Akko) to Cartagena during the autumn of 580/1184 and the spring of 581/1185. In Messina he was shipwrecked. The vessel he sailed with from Acre to Messina was a very large Genoese round ship, with three or four decks, three masts...
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