A Faithful Sea: The Religious Cultures of the Mediterranean, by Adnan Husain, K. E. Fleming

By Adnan Husain, K. E. Fleming

Modern academia depends categorization. you'll be able to research Africa or Europe; East or West; the center a long time or the Early glossy interval. during this leading edge choice of essays, the Mediterranean is taken as an entire. The birthplace of the 3 primary monotheistic religions, it truly is proven to be a different cultural house characterised via hybridity, range, and cultural dynamism.

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1–40, esp. pp. 20–29. See, for example, most recently David Abulafia, “Mediterraneans,” in Rethinking the Mediterranean, pp. 64–93; also, for “the Mediterranean” as a concept applicable to other regions and particularly Southeast Asia, see the collection, From the Mediterranean to the China Sea: Miscellaneous Notes, ed. C. Guillot, D. Lombard, and R. Ptak (Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 1998); for the greater Indian Ocean region, see Sanjay Subrahmanyam, Explorations in Connected History: From Tagus to the Ganges (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005).

Thus the English “isolated” (formed, like the Italian isolato, on a Latinate verb model) was first attested in 1763. But as late as 1788 Boswell quoted Johnson as saying, “This Hanoverian family is isolée here. ” A similar pattern is attested in the Romance languages. The earliest cited use of the Italian verb isolare listed in the Grande dizionario della lingua italiana, dating to the sixteenth century, does not convey negative connotations. Indeed the Italian definition allows the word a positive connotation.

21 However, we may choose to emphasize the imbalances between the two civilizations at key moments in this stretch of history, imbalances that might serve as an engine of progress in one or both of the communities. During the dynamic period of expansion that followed the revelation of Islam, while the Christian world remained relatively dormant, Muslims inherited from the Greek speakers of their conquered lands the philosophical traditions that had fallen into disrepair under the Christian watch.

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