The Mediterranean World in the High Middle Ages: Where East Meets West


Course Description


In the High Middle Ages (1000–1300 AD) numerous remarkably diverse cultures flourished around the Mediterranean “lake,” where once a common Roman culture prevailed. In this course, we will investigate these cultures and their histories, interactions, and influence.

In Occitania we will encounter the regions of Andalusia and Aragon-Catalonia, the troubadours, in Sicily a cosmopolitan society under the Normans and Frederick II, and in Venice and other Italian cities, an emerging commercial culture. We will also explore Byzantium’s golden age, Baghdad’s Abbasid caliphate, Seljuk Turks, crusader states, Fatimid Egypt, and the Maghreb’s Almoravids and Almohads.

We will focus on cultural transmission/diffusion; migrants and minorities, and religion and its political uses. How tolerant of diversity were these often-multicultural societies? What impact did the Crusades have? How was rich Islamic scholarship transmitted to Christendom? What views did Muslims and Christians hold of each other?

Books to Purchase (will be available at Argo Bookshop during the weeks prior to the course beginning): None

Please note that this course has a maximum enrollment of 14 students and that TMI does not allow participants to audit courses for free.

Course Details

Location: Online

First Session: Thursday, January 18th, 2024

Course Length: 12 weeks, Thursdays, 6:15 to 8:15 p.m.

Discussion Team: Susan Anastasopoulos, Paul Billette, and Jane Thomson       

Degree Credit: 3.0 credits

Course Fee: 

$150.00 (standard tuition)
$100.00 (promotion for new students)

Administrative Fee:



$185.00 (standard tuition)
$135.00 (promotion for new students)

Course fees are refundable in full before the second session. After the second session, a fee of $50 for the withdrawal will be applied. Refunds will not be issued after the third session. Please note that non-attendance does not constitute a withdrawal.

Students pursuing studies for credit are encouraged to consult with their advisers as they register for courses.

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