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Muslims and Christians in Norman Sicily Arabic-Speakers and the End of Islam by Alexander Metcalfe, Alex Metcalfe

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


Part of the Culture and Civilization in the Middle East Series


Muslims and Christians in Norman Sicily Arabic-Speakers and the End of Islam by Alexander Metcalfe, Alex Metcalfe

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.

About the Author

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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Publication date

1st January 2011


Alexander Metcalfe, Alex Metcalfe

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Routledge an imprint of Taylor & Francis Ltd


304 pages


European history
Early history: c 500 to c 1450/1500
History of religion



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