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The castle of Ḥārim in Northern Syria was a site of intense military and political scrutiny during the twelfth century. Whether under the control of the Frankish principality of Antioch or of Muslim-held Aleppo, it acted as the battleground for control of the frontier between these two powers....
When the Normans conquered southern Italy and Sicily during the eleventh century, a significant part of the population were Greek-rite Christians (mainly in southern Apulia, Calabria and north-east Sicily) or, on the island of Sicily, Muslims. To begin with, at least, it was very much in the...
Venice's geographic position firmly places it in Western Europe, yet its history demonstrates that Venice had many ties and interests in the eastern Mediterranean. Initially on the Byzantine periphery, Venice became an autonomous duchy during the eighth century, but continued to nurture close...
The rise of the Mongol empire was a shock to the Arab world and led many Arab authors to describe these conquerors in decidedly negative terms. The great historian Ibn Khaldūn also discusses the Mongols' rise and their conquests. As a nomadic people they challenged and defeated sedentary...
During the thirteenth century, competition among the Italian merchants in Alexandria increased and each community sought wider trading privileges. Access to Alexandria's markets was an important addition to Venetian economic power, complementing the contemporary Venetian presence in Aleppo, in...
Retracted Article: Approaches to the Byzantine Family We, the Editors and Publisher of Al-Masāq: Journal of the Medieval Mediterranean, have retracted the following book review: Spyros P. Panagopoulos, ‘Approaches to the Byzantine Family’, Al-Masāq: Journal of the Medieval Mediterranean, 28:2,...
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