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Learning in a Crusader City
Intellectual Activity and Intercultural Exchanges in Acre, 1191–1291

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Medieval Life and Thought: Fourth Series

  • Date Published: September 2018
  • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from March 2019
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107187184

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  • Did the Crusades trigger significant intellectual activity? To what extent and in what ways did the Latin residents of the Crusader States acquire knowledge from Muslims and Eastern Christians? And how were the Crusader states influenced by the intellectual developments which characterized the West in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries? This book is the first to examine these questions systematically using the complete body of evidence from one major urban centre: Acre. This reveals that Acre contained a significant number of people who engaged in learned activities, as well as the existence of study centres housed within the city. This volume also seeks to reconstruct the discourse that flowed across four major fields of learning: language and translation, jurisprudence, the study of Islam, and theological exchanges with Eastern Christians. The result is an unprecedentedly rich portrait of a hitherto neglected intellectual centre on the Eastern shores of the medieval Mediterranean.

    • Systematically explores the complete body of intellectual production of a crusader city
    • Examines the work done in the city in separate fields, as well as the roles that some key figures and groups played in them
    • Provides a unique picture of a 'new' Latin-dominated centre of intellectual activity
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    • Date Published: September 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107187184
    • length: 234 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 157 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.52kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus.
    • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from March 2019
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. Intellectual activity in Acre: socio-cultural characteristics
    2. Acre's Christian and Jewish centres of teaching and learning
    3. Language and translation
    4. Acre as a meeting point of juridical traditions
    5. The study of Islam
    6. Theological exchanges with oriental Christians
    Conclusion
    Appendix: the relation of the used texts to Acre
    Bibliography.

  • Author

    Jonathan Rubin, Bar-Ilan University, Israel
    Jonathan Rubin teaches in the department of Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology at Bar Ilan University. His research focuses on the cultural and intellectual history of the Latin East.

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