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From “Islam and the Medieval Mediterranean” to “Journal of the Medieval Mediterranean”

From “Islam and the Medieval Mediterranean” to “Journal of the Medieval Mediterranean” Al-Masa¯q, 2014 Vol. 26, No. 1, 1–2, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09503110.2014.892316 Editorial From “Islam and the Medieval Mediterranean” to “Journal of the Medieval Mediterranean” The journal Al-Masaq was conceived in 1988 by its founding editor, Dionisius Agius, as a welcome source of inspiration for and response to changing historiogra- phical perceptions and reconstructions of the Mediterranean space in the medieval period. At that time, there was a clear and particular need for a journal with the sub- title “Islam and the Medieval Mediterranean”. In the often unconscious periphery of the Cultural Turn in the social sciences, there was an increasing interest in research organised around transcultural and interdisciplinary medieval Mediterranean ques- tions that explicitly integrated in their scope Islam as a complex and multi-layered socio-cultural phenomenon. After all, conceptualisations of the Mediterranean had long been plagued by binary constructions that tended to ‘other’ its Islamic side, to consider it an intruder, outsider or opponent in Mediterranean places and spaces, conceived as rooted in antiquity and only re-integrated in an emerging Europe from the later Middle Ages onwards. Arguably, this goes back to Henri Pir- enne’s development in the 1920s and 1930s of the much debated thesis – famously formulated in his Mahomet http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Al-Masaq: Journal of the Medieval Mediterranean Taylor & Francis

From “Islam and the Medieval Mediterranean” to “Journal of the Medieval Mediterranean”

Al-Masaq: Journal of the Medieval Mediterranean , Volume 26 (1): 2 – Jan 2, 2014
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From “Islam and the Medieval Mediterranean” to “Journal of the Medieval Mediterranean”

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Al-Masa¯q, 2014 Vol. 26, No. 1, 1–2, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09503110.2014.892316 Editorial From “Islam and the Medieval Mediterranean” to “Journal of the Medieval Mediterranean” The journal Al-Masaq was conceived in 1988 by its founding editor, Dionisius Agius, as a welcome source of inspiration for and response to changing historiogra- phical perceptions and reconstructions of the Mediterranean space in the medieval period. At that time, there was a...
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Taylor & Francis
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© 2014 Society for the Medieval Mediterranean
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1473-348X
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0950-3110
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10.1080/09503110.2014.892316
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Al-Masa¯q, 2014 Vol. 26, No. 1, 1–2, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09503110.2014.892316 Editorial From “Islam and the Medieval Mediterranean” to “Journal of the Medieval Mediterranean” The journal Al-Masaq was conceived in 1988 by its founding editor, Dionisius Agius, as a welcome source of inspiration for and response to changing historiogra- phical perceptions and reconstructions of the Mediterranean space in the medieval period. At that time, there was a clear and particular need for a journal with the sub- title “Islam and the Medieval Mediterranean”. In the often unconscious periphery of the Cultural Turn in the social sciences, there was an increasing interest in research organised around transcultural and interdisciplinary medieval Mediterranean ques- tions that explicitly integrated in their scope Islam as a complex and multi-layered socio-cultural phenomenon. After all, conceptualisations of the Mediterranean had long been plagued by binary constructions that tended to ‘other’ its Islamic side, to consider it an intruder, outsider or opponent in Mediterranean places and spaces, conceived as rooted in antiquity and only re-integrated in an emerging Europe from the later Middle Ages onwards. Arguably, this goes back to Henri Pir- enne’s development in the 1920s and 1930s of the much debated thesis – famously formulated in his Mahomet

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