Spanning the Strait: Studies in Unity in the Western Mediterranean brings together a multidisciplinary collection of essays that examines the deep connections that bound together the Iberian Peninsula and the Maghrib in the medieval and early modern periods. Six articles on topics ranging from the eighth-century slave trade to sixteenth-century apocalypticism trace and analyze movement, mutual influence and patterns shared in the face of political, religious, and cultural difference.
By transcending traditional disciplinary and temporal divisions, this collection of essays highlights the long history of contact and exchange that united the two sides of the Strait of Gibraltar. A comprehensive introduction by the editors contextualizes the articles within the last half-century of scholarship and salient contemporary trends.
Contributors are Adam Gaiser, Linda G. Jones, Hussein Fancy, S.J. Pearce, David Coleman, and Marya T. Green-Mercado.
Yuen-Gen Liang, Ph.D. (2005) Princeton University, is Associate Professor of History at Wheaton College (Massachusetts). He is author of
Family and Empire: The Fernández de Córdoba and the Spanish Realm (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011). He is Founder and Executive Director of the Spain-North Africa Project.
Abigail Krasner Balbale, Ph.D. (2012) Harvard University, is the Postdoctoral Fellow in Islamic Material Culture at Bard Graduate Center in New York. She focuses on the cultural history of the medieval western Mediterranean, and is working on a manuscript about the intersections of religion, political power and cultural production in twelfth-century Iberia and the Maghrib.
Andrew Devereux, Ph.D. (2011) Johns Hopkins University, is an assistant professor of History at Loyola Marymount University. He published “North Africa in Early Modern Spanish Political Thought,” (JSCS, v.12 no. 3 (Sept. 2011): 275-291).
Camilo Gómez-Rivas, Ph.D. (2009) Yale University, is an assistant professor of history at the American University in Cairo. His most recent article is "The Ransom Industry and the Expectation of Refuge on the Western Mediterranean Muslim-Christian Frontier, 1085-1350," (Oxford, 2013).
Table of contents
Introduction Yuen-Gen Liang, Abigail Krasner Balbale, Andrew Devereux and Camilo Gomez-Rivas: Unity and Disunity across the Strait of Gibraltar ... 1
Articles Adam Gaiser, Slaves and Silver across the Strait of Gibraltar: Politics and Trade between Umayyad Iberia and Khārijite North Africa ... 41
Linda G. Jones,The Preaching of the Almohads: Loyalty and Resistance across the Strait of Gibraltar ... 71
Hussein Fancy, The Last Almohads: Universal Sovereignty between North Africa and the Crown of Aragon ... 102
S.J. Pearce, “The Types of Wisdom Are Two in Number”: Judah ibn Tibbon’s Quotation from the Iḥyā’ ‘ulūm al-Dīn ... 137
David Coleman, Of Corsairs, Converts and Renegades: Forms and Functions of Coastal Raiding on Both Sides of the Far Western Mediterranean, 1490-1540 ... 167
Marya T. Green-Mercado, The Mahdī in Valencia: Messianism, Apocalypticism and Morisco Rebellions in Late Sixteenth-Century Spain ... 193
Book Reviews Clifford R. Backman, on Samantha Kelly, The ‘Cronaca di Partenope’: An Introduction to and Critical Edition of the First Vernacular History of Naples, c. 1350 ... 221
Travis Bruce, on Ramzi Rouighi, The Making of a Mediterranean Emirate. Ifrīqiyā and Its Andalusis, 1200-1400 ... 224
Patrick Harris, on Cyrille Aillet, Les Mozarabes: Christianisme, Islamisation et Arabisation en Péninsule Ibérique (IXe-XIIe Siecle) ... 228
Capucine Nemo-Pekelman, on D. Freidenreich, Foreigners and their Food. Constructing otherness in Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Law ... 231
Brenda S. Gardenour Walter, on Patricia A. Baker, Han Nijdam and Karine van’t Land, eds., Medicine and Space: Body, Surroundings, and Borders in Antiquity and the Middle Ages ... 238
Alexandra Cuffel, on Marc Michael Epstein, The Medieval Haggadah: Art, Narrative, and Religious Imagination ... 243
Pamela A. Patton, on Katrin Kogman-Appel and Mati Meyer, eds., Between Judaism and Christianity: Art Historical Essays in Honor of Elisheva (Elisabeth) Revel-Neher ... 248
Miguel Angel Vazquez, on Ana Labarta, Carmen Barcelo and Josefina Veglison, Valencia arab en prosa i vers ... 252
Index ... 259
All interested in historical, cultural, and religious studies of medieval and early modern Spain, Portugal, North Africa, and the western Mediterranean, particularly relations between Christians, Muslims, and Jews.