IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 1026: A Mediterranean Borderland: Rethinking Southern Italy, I

Wednesday 8 July 2020, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Department of History, School of Arts & Sciences, University of Richmond, Virginia / Centre for Medieval & Early Modern Studies, University of Manchester
Organisers:Joanna H. Drell, Department of History, University of Richmond, Virginia
Paul Oldfield, School of Arts, Languages & Cultures, University of Manchester
Moderator/Chair:Joanna H. Drell, Department of History, University of Richmond, Virginia
Paper 1026-aCrucible of Faith: Fitna in the Writings of Ibn Jubayr
(Language: English)
Joshua Birk, Faculty of History, Smith College, Massachusetts
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Islamic and Arabic Studies
Paper 1026-bBellum Civile: Urban Strife and Conflict Management in Early 12th-Century Benevento
(Language: English)
Markus Krumm, Historisches Seminar, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universit√§t M√ľnchen
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Social History
Paper 1026-cRethinking the Muslim Presence in Medieval Southern Italy
(Language: English)
Valerie Ramseyer, Department of History, Wellesley College, Massachusetts
Index terms: Islamic and Arabic Studies, Social History
Abstract

This is the first of a set of three panels and a round table which aims to rethink aspects of the conventional paradigm which has considered medieval Southern Italy as a borderland, situated on a periphery. Together, the speakers (at times explicitly, at times implicitly) explore some of the many broader ‘realms’ and transitions within which the region, particularly in its ‘Norman’ period, participated. These include the secular and monastic Church, aristocratic networks, the papacy, Islam, crusading, urbanization, and historical writing. These sessions also are informed by, and celebrate, the seminal contribution to the field made by Professor Graham A. Loud.