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The New Middle Ages

Cosmopolitanism and the Middle Ages

Editors: Ganim, J., Legassie, S. (Eds.)

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This collection of essays uncovers a wide array of medieval writings on cosmopolitan ethics and politics, writings generally ignored or glossed over in contemporary discourse. Medieval literary fictions and travel accounts provide us with rich contextualizations of the complexities and contradictions of cosmopolitan thought.

About the authors

Karla Mallette, University of Michigan, USA Sharon Kinoshita, University of California, Santa Cruz, USA Christine Chism, UCLA, USA Marla Segol, University at Buffalo of the State University of New York, USA Shirin Khanmohamadi, San Francisco State University, USA Adnan Husain, Queen's University, Kingston, Canada Margaret Aziza Pappano, Queen's University, Kingston, Canada Karma Lochrie, Indiana University, USA Robert R. Edwards, Pennsylvania State University, USA Jessica L. Wolfe, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA

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"The authors and the two editors are to be commended . . . [The essays] straddle various disciplines, they move us around in space and they carry us through many centuries. They are thoughtful, well documented, and up-to-date. The editors do their duty regarding the when and why of the collection." - The Medieval Review

"The volume altogether proves to be very stimulating." - Mediaecistik

"The balance of topics is extremely strong, and I think the book as a whole does a great deal to expand our notions of what cosmopolitanism means. The essays enrich historical understandings of interactions between different groups and between individuals of different faiths, backgrounds, and locales in the medieval era." - Lisa Lampert-Weissig, Professor of English Literature and Comparative Medieval Studies and Katzin Professor in Jewish Civilization, University of California San Diego, USA

"The essays in Cosmopolitanism and the Middle Ages constitute a powerful argument for a premodern cosmopolitanism, one that is marked by rich and complex cultural, social, linguistic, and economic exchanges. The cosmopolitan imaginary at work here is marked by plurality, division, and tension, as well as curiosity and creativity. This compelling book is a warm invitation to accompany medieval writers and travelers as they explore the world around them and push eagerly at the boundaries of what is familiar." - Stephanie Trigg, Professor of English, The University of Melbourne, Australia


Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Ganim, John M. (et al.)

    Pages 1-19

  • The Metropolis and Its Languages: Baghdad and Venice

    Mallette, Karla

    Pages 21-37

  • Reorientations: The Worlding of Marco Polo

    Kinoshita, Sharon

    Pages 39-57

  • Between Islam and Christendom: Ibn Battuta’s Travels in Asia Minor and the North

    Chism, Christine

    Pages 59-78

  • Medieval Religious Cosmopolitanisms: Truth and Inclusivity in the Literature of Muslim Spain

    Segol, Marla

    Pages 79-103

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Cosmopolitanism and the Middle Ages
Editors
  • J. Ganim
  • S. Legassie
Series Title
The New Middle Ages
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-04509-6
DOI
10.1057/9781137045096
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-33757-2
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-34108-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 253
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