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The Working People Of The Mediterranean Area During The High Middle Ages

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This chapter presents a study of working people of the Mediterranean area during the high middle ages, The study is based mainly on the documents of the so-called Cairo Geniza, which is, as one can have seen, a huge treasure of contracts, court records, letters and accounts, from the tenth through the thirteenth centuries, originally preserved in a synagogue of Fustat, or Old Cairo. The Arabic handbooks on market supervision, ones most important Muslim source on the working people of the period under discussion, as well as other literary sources bearing on the subject naturally have also been used for the study-but only as a corrective and check on the Geniza material presented in the chapter. The socio-economic freedom characteristic of the High Middle Ages in the Mediterranean region manifests itself also in the frequency and enormous range of the transfer of industries from one country to another.

Keywords: Cairo Geniza; high middle ages; Mediterranean region; working people



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