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Muslims and Christians in Norman Sicily Arabic-Speakers and the End of Islam

by Alexander Metcalfe

Muslims and Christians in Norman Sicily Arabic-Speakers and the End of Islam Synopsis

The social and linguistic history of medieval Sicily is both intriguing and complex. Before the Muslim invasion of 827, the islanders spoke dialects of either Greek or Latin or both. On the arrival of the Normans around 1060 Arabic was the dominant language, but by 1250 Sicily was an almost exclusively Christian island, with Romance dialects in evidence everywhere. Of particular importance to the development of Sicily was the formative period of Norman rule (1061 1194), when most of the key transitions from an Arabic-speaking Muslim island to a 'Latin'-speaking Christian one were made. This work sets out the evidence for those changes and provides an authoritative approach that re-defines the conventional thinking on the subject.

Book Information

ISBN: 9780415616447
Publication date: 13th January 2011
Author: Alexander Metcalfe
Publisher: Routledge an imprint of Taylor & Francis Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 304 pages
Categories: European history, Early history: c 500 to c 1450/1500, History of religion,

About Alexander Metcalfe

Alex Metcalfe holds degrees in Literae Humaniores from Exeter College, Oxford and Arabic from the University of Leeds. After extensive travel in Europe and the Middle East and employment as a foreign exchange trader, soldier and teacher, he completed a doctorate at Leeds that serves as the basis of this present work.

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