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A collaborative work among historians, literary specialists, and architects, this collection is directed at filling the gap in our knowledge about minority neighborhoods in the southern Mediterranean.A series of portraits examines the minority quarters of six Mediterranean cities: Fez, Marrakesh, Trani, Tangier, Palermo, and Istanbul. Each chapter documents the architectural reminders of minority presence: the houses, churches, synagogues, shrines, legations, and other public spaces that have been abandoned or converted to other uses. The authors also examine the everyday experiences that shaped physical space, such as family life, the economy, interactions with the rest of the city, relations with state authorities, and ties with the hinterland, the region, and the wider Mediterranean world. Finally, the book considers how minority space has been exploited and refashioned as a "place of memory" in which uncomfortable visions of the past have been revised and made suitable for current use.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781934510063
ISBN-10: 1934510068
Format: Paperback
(253mm x 167mm x 12mm)
Pages: 200
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 9-Jul-2010
Country of Publication: United States


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Author Biography - Susan Gilson Miller

Susan Gilson Miller is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations and Director of the Moroccan Studies Program at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University. Mauro Bertagnin is Professor of Technical Architecture, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Udine.

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