By Ingo Gildenhard, Martin Revermann
Past the 5th Century brings jointly thirteen students from quite a few disciplines (Classics, historical heritage, Mediaeval reviews) to discover interactions with Greek tragedy from the 4th century BC as much as the center a while. the amount breaks new floor in different methods: in its chronological scope, a number of the modes of reception thought of, the pervasive curiosity in interactions among tragedy and society-at-large, and the truth that a few stories are of a comparative nature.
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The dilemma whether or not to invade and colonise Sicily, rather than simply raid it, prompted great debate among the jurists, generals and leading families at QayrawÅn. 18 Towards the end of the discussion, as reported in al-NuwayrÈ’s much later version, a wise jurist was made to enquire about the distance between the island and the Italian mainland compared with its distance from IfrÈqiya. ’ Raiding Sicily from overseas was not the same as holding it as a colony from IfrÈqiya: control could be maintained only so long as forces in southern Italy were weak and disunited.
The religious history of an island once visited by the shipwrecked Saint Paul, but whose population’s language is derived from Arabic, appears to recommence in earnest with its repopulation by Muslims in the mideleventh century and, as we shall see in Chapter 5, its capture by the Normans. Half a century after the Muslim invasion of Sicily had begun, the western parts under Aghlabid rule were settled with a mixed Muslim–Christian population where the locals were exposed to processes of Arabicisation and Islamicisation, their numbers boosted by IfrÈqiyan colonists; the Val di Noto largely comprised Christian tribute-paying towns and villages.
Tacitly anti-Aghlabid support was lent by religious scholars of the ÓanafÈ and particularly the MÅlikÈ ‘schools’ (madhhabs) of Islamic law from their base in the holy city of QayrawÅn, the most important focus of religious scholarship in the Muslim west. In their capacity as legal experts, the jurists wielded both moral and political power, condemning the Aghlabids for their worldly pursuits and dissolute lifestyles in an attempt to undermine the authority of secular leaders who presumed to rule over the Muslim faithful.
Beyond the Fifth Century: Interactions with Greek Tragedy from the Fourth Century BCE to the Middle Ages by Ingo Gildenhard, Martin Revermann