We’re excited to share our forthcoming medieval / early modern world textbook, The Sea in the Middle, and the accompanying sourcebook, Texts from the Middle! Both books are expected to publish in Spring 2022.

The Sea in the Middle presents an original and revisionist narrative of the development of the medieval West from Late Antiquity to the dawn of modernity. This textbook is uniquely centered on the Mediterranean and emphasizes the role played by peoples and cultures of Africa, Asia, and Europe in an age when Christians, Muslims, and Jews of various denominations engaged with each other in both conflict and collaboration.

Key features:

  • Fifteen-chapter structure to aid classroom use  
  • Sections in each chapter that feature key artifacts relevant to chapter themes
  • Dynamic visuals, including 190 photos and 20 maps

Texts from the Middle is a companion primary source reader to the textbook, The Sea in the Middle. It can be used alone or in conjunction with the textbook, providing an original history of the Middle Ages that places the Mediterranean at the geographical center of the study of the time period (650-1650).
 
Building on the textbook’s unique approach, the sources center on the Mediterranean and emphasize the role played by peoples and cultures of Africa, Asia, and Europe in an age when Christians, Muslims, and Jews of various denominations engaged with each other in both conflict and collaboration. The supplementary reader mirrors the main text’s fifteen-chapter structure, providing five-to-seven source selections per chapter.

The Sea in the Middle and its sourcebook companion, Texts from the Middle, pair together to provide a framework and materials that guide students through this complex but essential history—one that will appeal to the diverse student bodies of today.

About the Authors

Thomas E. Burman is Professor of History at University of Notre Dame. He is a scholar of Christian-Muslim-Jewish intellectual and cultural history in the medieval Mediterranean. His book Reading the Qur’an in Latin Christendom was awarded the Jacques Barzun Prize in Cultural History.  

Brian A. Catlos is Professor of Religious Studies at University of Colorado Boulder. He works on Christian-Muslim-Jewish relations in the premodern Mediterranean. His most recent book Kingdoms of Faith: A New History of Islamic Spain is available in eight languages and as an audiobook.

Mark D. Meyerson is Professor in the Department of History and Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto. He works on Christian-Muslim-Jewish relations in the premodern Mediterranean and on the history of violence. His book A Jewish Renaissance in Fifteenth-Century Spain was runner-up for the National Jewish Book Award, USA.

Request an Exam Copy

Want to learn more about the book? Those attending the 2021 Virtual AHA conference can sign-up for session: Teaching the Medieval as Mediterranean: Reorienting the Metanarrative, Mar 23, 2021 at 2PM EST. The authors will cover the the challenges and opportunities of teaching the medieval as Mediterranean, and discuss the forthcoming textbook.

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