HIST 227

The Worlds of Pagans, Christians, Jews, and Muslims: The Medieval Mediterranean

This course gives an overview of the medieval Mediterranean as a place of contact, conflice, and cohabitation. The course begins with ancient views of the sea and its centrality to the Greek and Roman worlds before moving to its role in the spread of islam and the Christian crusading movement. Other topics include the Franks in the Levant, the expansion of the Crown of Aragon, trade between cultures, Jews and Muslims after the `reconquest?, and pirates. Primary sources are used to introduce students to a variety of texts and to add depth to the secondary readings.