This book brings antiquity into conversation with the present.The Mediterranean is the meeting point of three continents - Asia, Africa, and Europe - as well as three major motheistic religions - Islam, Judaism, and Christianity. Focusing on global networks and cultural exchanges, Mediterranean Passages collects writings from across 3,000 years to provide a pan-Mediterranean perspective of the cultural, political, and ecomic relations that crisscross the region, linking people, places, and ideas from antiquity to the present.From Homer's hymn to Apollo to the writing of French-Algerian philosopher Jacques Derrida, from the contemporary accounts of North African Berber conqueror Tariq ibn al-Yazid to the journalism of American I. F. Stone, this chrologically organized anthology juxtaposes the voices and experiences of travelers, exiles, and colonizers who have lived in or visited the Mediterranean region since before 1200 B.C.E. Literary and historical texts and a gallery of illustrations, including maps, architectural drawings, photographs, and paintings provide glimpses of travel and migration, trade routes, military conquest, and cultural exchange. Together, these selections highlight the networks of connections, intersections, and interruptions that animate a vital and contested geographical space.
MIRIAM COOKE is professor of Arabic literature and culture at Duke University. ERDAG GOKNAR is assistant professor of Turkish studies at Duke University. GRANT PARKER is assistant professor of classics at Stanford University.