Migration Histories of the Medieval Afroeurasian Transition Zone

Aspects of mobility between Africa, Asia and Europe, 300-1500 C.E.


The transition zone between Africa, Asia and Europe was the most important intersection of human mobility in the medieval period. The present volume for the first time systematically covers migration histories of the regions between the Mediterranean and Central Asia and between Eastern Europe and the Indian Ocean in the centuries from Late Antiquity up to the early modern era.
Within this framework, specialists from Byzantine, Islamic, Medieval and African history provide detailed analyses of specific regions and groups of migrants, both elites and non-elites as well as voluntary and involuntary. Thereby, also current debates of migration studies are enriched with a new dimension of deep historical time.

Contributors are: Alexander Beihammer, Lutz Berger, Florin Curta, Charalampos Gasparis, George Hatke, Dirk Hoerder, Johannes Koder, Johannes Preiser-Kapeller, Lucian Reinfandt, Youval Rotman, Yannis Stouraitis, Panayiotis Theodoropoulos, and Myriam Wissa.
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Johannes Preiser-Kapeller, Dr. phil. (2006), Vienna University, is Senior Researcher at the Institute for Medieval Research/Austrian Academy of Sciences. His many publications on the global middle ages include the monograph Jenseits von Rom und Karl dem Großen (Vienna, 2018).
Lucian Reinfandt, Dr. phil. (2002), Christian-Albrechts-Universität Kiel, is Senior Researcher at the Department of Papyri/Austrian National Library. His research focuses on the formation of bureaucracy in the caliphal empire. Recent publications include Strong Letters at the Mamluk Court (Leiden, 2019).
Yannis Stouraitis, Dr. phil (2007), Vienna University, is Lecturer in Byzantine History at the University of Edinburgh. His research focusses on social identities and warfare in the Byzantine Empire. His most recent publication is A Companion to the Byzantine Culture of War (Leiden, 2018).
All interested in the medieval history of the regions between the Mediterranean and Central Asia and between Eastern Europe and the Indian Ocean and phenomena of migration and human mobility.
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