Sea of the Caliphs: The Mediterranean in the Medieval Islamic World

Sea of the Caliphs: The Mediterranean in the Medieval Islamic World


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674660465
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 01/21/2018
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 550,705
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Christophe Picard is Professor of History at the University of Paris 1, Panthéon-Sorbonne.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The End of the Moorish and Saracen Pirate? 1

I The Arab Mediterranean between Representation and Appropriation

1 The Arab Discovery of the Mediterranean 17

2 Arab Writing on the Conquest of the Mediterranean 37

3 The Silences of the Sea: The Abbasid Jihad 65

4 The Geographers' Mediterranean 85

5 Muslim Centers of the Western Mediterranean: Islam without the Abbasids 98

6 The Mediterranean of the Western Caliphs 112

7 The Western Mediterranean: Last Bastion of Islam's Maritime Ambitions 152

II Mediterranean Strategies of the Caliphs

8 The Mediterranean of the Two Empires 185

9 Controlling the Mediterranean: The Abbasid Model 204

10 The Maritime Awakening of the Muslim West 237

11 The Maritime Imperialism of the Caliphs in the Tenth Century: The End of Jihad? 256

12 Islam's Maritime Sovereignty in the Face of Latin Expansion 274

Conclusion: The Medieval Mediterranean and Islamic Memory 287

Notes 295

Glossary 319

Chronologies 323

Selected Bibliography 325

Index 377

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