Muslims in Medieval Italy: The Colony at Lucera is the history of a Muslim colony in the southern Italian city of Lucera during the Middle Ages. Author Julie Taylor draws on a vast array of primary sources, unpublished manuscripts, and archeological data to provide a detailed account of the lives of Muslims against the backdrop of the social and political complexities of medieval Lucera. Taylor's work illuminates the legal and social status of Muslims in Christendom and the contributions made by Muslims to the economy and defense of the kingdom of Sicily, and it also yields noteworthy insights into Muslim-Christian relations. Muslims in Medieval Italy is a thoroughly researched and absorbing account.
Julie Taylor is an assistant professor at the University of Michigan at Dearborn.
Chapter 1 Muslims in Italy Prior to the Thirteenth Century Chapter 2 The Creation of a Muslim Colony in Apulia Chapter 3 Muslim Status, Religious Practice, and Culture Chapter 4 The Administration of the Muslim Community Chapter 5 Muslim Occupations Chapter 6 Lucera Under Manfred Chapter 7 Angevin Lucera Chapter 8 The Fall of Muslim Lucera Chapter 9 Conclusion