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2015-2016 Catalog

FYS 044 Multiculturalism in the Medieval Mediterranean World

The idea of "multiculturalism" is often associated with modernity. The reality is, however, that multiculturalism was a part of the everyday lives of people living from Cordoba to Naples to Jerusalem to Constantinople in the medieval period. Reading both secondary and primary sources (translated form Arabic, Armenian, French, Greek, Persian, Spanish and Turkish), this course will engage with the different ways in which diversities (ethnic, linguistic, racial and religious) were experienced and understood in the medieval Mediterranean.