“Mediterranean Islands in Ancient and Medieval History: Influence and Effect” Conference

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The BA Center for Islamic Civilization Studies, in cooperation with the Alexandria Center for Hellenistic Studies and the Alexandria and Mediterranean Research Center (Alex Med), organizes a conference entitled "Mediterranean Islands in Ancient and Medieval History: Influence and Effect" on Wednesday and Thursday, 18 and 19 October 2023, from 10:00 am – 7:00 pm, in the BACC Delegates Hall.

The Conference is open to the public until the maximum number of hall capacity is reached.

Conference Brief

Since the dawn of history and the emergence of civilizations, the Mediterranean basin, with its islands and cities, constituted an important source of creativity in the fields of science, arts and literature. Its islands were a hub through which many civilizations interacted and merged since the dawn of history and throughout the ages, as well as a source and bridge for civilized communication between the East and the West that resulted in civilized contributions that influenced the civilizations of ancient and medieval times in various fields. Many philosophers and creative personalities also emerged from those islands, enriching human life in the vicinity of the islands and their geographical and cultural extensions.

This is evident in the heritage of the Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Phoenician and Byzantine civilizations, all the way to the Islamic civilization. These islands produced a unique cultural heritage, whether the eastern islands, such as the islands of Greece, Rhodes, Crete, Cyprus, Malta, Arwad, etc., or the western ones, such as Ibiza, Majorca, and Menorca (Balearic Islands), in addition to the Arab islands on the Moroccan coast, and the Italian and French islands, such as Sicily, Corsica and Sardinia. They had an effective cultural, economic and social role, inspiring the civilizations of the following eras, and making them the focus of many successive empires and states throughout the eras. Therefore, they can be referred to as a cultural base, a center for cultural communication throughout the ages, and one of the tributaries of humanity's cultural heritage.

Researchers from Egypt, Morocco, Mauritania, Algeria, Tunisia, Syria, and Saudi Arabia will participate in the conference.

For more information, please contact the Center for Islamic Civilization Studies: Islamic.Civilization@bibalex.org