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In 1095, at the Council of Clermont, Urban II delivered a speech that roused the crowds against the infidels. 1 1 Jonathan Riley-Smith, The First Crusade and the Idea of Crusading (London and New York: Continuum, 2003), pp. 13–30. Soon thereafter, the Christian sovereigns rallied the troops,...
This article argues that the transition between the early and late Mamlūk Sultanate in Egypt in the 1380s was partially caused by political developments in the Northwest Caucasus. The transition from “Turkish” to “Circassian” mamlūk dominance was facilitated by the rise of new princely elites in...
The revolt of the Vespers was immediately perceived around the Mediterranean and Europe as a turning point that threatened one of the greatest potentates in Europe: the Angevin Kingdom of Sicily. In central-northern Italy, these events jeopardised the Guelph hegemony supported by the Angevins...
This article presents a translation and analysis of a fatwa belonging to one of the most important and extensive compilations of legal opinions in Mālikī Islamic law, gathered together in the fifteenth century by al-Wansharīsī. We explore the fatwas in this compilation on the subject of...
For two centuries, Orientalists have consistently questioned the role of Judaism in the early development of Islam. This has resulted in an array of scholarship that attempts to unpack a more accurate relationship of early Islam with Medinan Jews than is found in much of the historiographically...
This article investigates the start of Florence’s approach to Ottoman Constantinople. It analyses the elements that enticed the Florentine Signoria to reconsider its commercial interest in Constantinople by highlighting the political role of the Ottoman sultan. In addition, this study intends to...
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