Minorities in Contact in the Medieval Mediterranean (Cultural Encounters in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages, Book 33)

June 14, 2021
Minorities in Contact in the Medieval Mediterranean (Cultural Encounters in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages, Book 33)

What is a minority? How did members of minority groups in themedieval Mediterranean world interact with contemporaries belongingto other groups? In what ways did those contacts affect theirsocial positions and identities? The essays collected in thisvolume approach these questions from a variety of angles, examiningpolemic, social norms, economic exchange, linguistictransformations, and power dynamics. These essays recast theconcept of minority - as a mutable condition rather than a fixedgroup designation - and explore previously-neglected collective andindividual interactions between and among minorities around themedieval Mediterranean basin. Minorities are often defined as suchbecause they were in some way excluded from access to resources ordenied participation as a consequence of a group affiliation orfacet of their identity. Yet, at times their distinctiveness alsolay less in their exclusion than in particular ways of relating tospheres of power, whether political or moral, and in certaindissenting conceptions of the world. Through these contributions weshed light on both the continuities that such interactionsdisplayed across intervals of space and time, and the changes thatthey underwent in particular locales and historical moments.