University of California Press is pleased to announce that the first issue of Journal of Medieval Worlds (JMW) is now available at To celebrate the journal’s launch, JMW 1.1 will be freely accessible online for the remainder of 2019. To access future issues, become an individual subscriber or ask your institution’s library to subscribe on your behalf.

Edited by Edward D. English (University of California, Santa Barbara), JMW serves as a forum for multidisciplinary scholarship on the world, focusing primarily on 750-1600. The journal’s purpose is to foster innovative research and approaches to pedagogy by publishing peer-reviewed research articles of broad interest that explore interconnections across regions or build meaningful comparisons across cultures.

Scholars interested in submitting to the journal can learn more about JMW‘s Submission Instructions and Author Guidelines here.

Table of Contents

Editor’s Remarks
Edward D. English

Why We Need to Think About the Global Middle Ages
Peter Frankopan

Research Articles

An Ordinary Ship and Its Stories of Early Globalism: World Travel, Mass Production, and Art in the Global Middle Ages
Geraldine Heng

Holy War in Ibn Khaldūn: A Transcultural Concept?
Javier Albarrán

Stories of the New Geography: The Refugee Tales
Helen Barr


Building Medieval Worlds: A Classroom Experience in Digitally Reconstructing Ancient Buildings
Jeffrey Fleisher

Book Reviews

Book Review: Sefer Yeṣirah and Its Contexts: Other Jewish Voices by Tzahi Weiss
Natalie E. Latteri

Imagining Chinese Medicine edited by Vivienne Lo and Penelope Barrett
Miranda Brown

Medieval Exegesis and Religious Difference edited by Ryan Szpiech
David A. Wacks

The Inka Empire: A Multidisciplinary Approach edited by Izumi Shimada
Santiago Muñoz Arbeláez