Book: The Archaeology of Medieval Sicily
Chapter: Islamic Sicily (9th to 11th centuries). The multiple aspects of ‘Islamicisation’.
The Islamicisation of Sicily is a complex and much debated phenomenon, with issues such as the formation of the Arab state, religious change, the linguistic Arabisation, the mutation of family structures, of material culture, agricultural practice and landowning, architectural and artistic fusions, etc. Prominent now is the central role of Medina Balarm (Palermo) in the development of Arab Sicily.