The history of the medieval Mediterranean world is a new focus of our graduate program. This concentration moves from a concern with particular portions of the Mediterranean littoral--Italy, southern France, Iberia, North Africa, and the Middle East--to explore contacts, exchanges, and conflicts across and around the Mediterranean. Areas of specific expertise include urban religious culture, religious institutions, popular religiosity, cult of saints, mysticism, messianism, as well as antinomian and subversive movements in Islam; the religious culture of medieval Italy; and heresy, inquisition, and crusade in Latin Christendom. More broadly, our faculty share an interest in the relations between religious identity, political power, social order, and cultural production. We cooperate closely with the interdisciplinary program in Jewish, Islamic, and Near Eastern Studies, and language instruction is available at all levels in Arabic, Greek, Hebrew, Latin, and Persian, as well as other relevant languages such as French, Italian, and Spanish.
Mark Gregory Pegg