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The Near West: Medieval North Africa, Latin Europe and the Mediterranean in the Second Axial Age

Allen Fromherz


This book tells stories of interaction, conflict, and common exchange between Berbers, Arabs, Latins, Muslims, Christians, and Jews in North Africa and Latin Europe. Examining shared commerce, slavery, mercenary activity, art, and intellectual and religious debates, this book argues that North Africa was an integral part of western Medieval history. It argues that North Africa and Europe together experienced the Twelfth Century Renaissance and the Commercial Revolution. When Europe was highly divided during twelfth century, North Africa was enjoying the peak of its power, united under the Berb ... More

Keywords: Berbers, Arabs, Latins, Muslims, Christians, Jews, North Africa, Latin Europe, western Medieval history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780748642946
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748642946.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Allen Fromherz, author
Gerogia State University