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The Unity Of The Mediterranean World In The "Middle" Middle Ages

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Impressive illustration of the unity of the Mediterranean world in the &t;middle&t; Middle Ages is the frequency of intermarriage between persons from different countries. In a document from Tyre on the Lebanese coast, a girl gives power of attorney to a gentleman to select a husband for her in Cairo and to arrange a marriage contract with him in her name. The unity of the Mediterranean world during the &t;middle&t; Middle Ages was achieved through the great extent of seafaring carried on in that &t;tideless midland sea&t;. The records of the Cairo Geniza contain abundant material about the subject. The word shakhṭūr(a) has been used until the present day for a coastal craft and is also rather common in the Geniza records.

Keywords: Cairo Geniza; Lebanese coast; Mediterranean World; Middle Ages



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