Muhammad I al-Mustansir of Tunis and the Northern Mediterranean


Muhammad I al-Mustansir of Tunis and the Northern Mediterranean 

In this episode, Dr. Michael Lower, Associate Professor of History at the University of Minnesota, discusses the world of Muhammad I al-Mustansir of Tunis and his relationship with the northern Mediterranean

His recent research on the crusades tries to bring together Arabic and European-language sources to tell the story of these complex multi-lateral conflicts from multiple perspectives. He is the author of "The Barons' Crusade of 1239: A Call to Arms and Its Consequences" (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005) and "The Tunis Crusade of 1270: A Mediterranean History" (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018).
This was recorded on 14 February 2018 at at the Centre d'Études Maghrébines à Tunis (CEMATEarly Hafsid Tunis: Capital of Caliphate Symposium.

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Suggested Readings

Lower, Michael. 2018. The Tunis Crusade of 1270: A Mediterranean History. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 

Lower, Michael. 2018. “Tribute, Islamic Law, and Diplomacy: The Legal Background to the Tunis Crusade of 1270.” In Jessalynn Bird, Ed. Papacy, Crusade, and Christian-Muslim Relations. Amsterdam: University of Amsterdam Press: 225-245. 

Lower, Michael. 2016. Medieval European Mercenaries in North Africa: The Value of Difference.” Journal of Medieval Military History. 14: 105-121. 

Lower, Michael. 2015. “Christian Mercenaries in Muslim Lands: Their Status in Medieval Islamic and Canon Law.” In Adrian Boas, Ed. The Crusader World. London: Routledge: 419-433.

Lower, Michael. 2014. The Papacy and Christian Mercenaries of Thirteenth-Century North Africa.” Speculum: A Journal of Medieval Studies. 89(3): 601-631. 

Lower, Michael. 2011. “Louis IX, Charles of Anjou, and the Tunis Crusade of 1270.” In Thomas F. Madden, James L. Naus, and Vincent Ryan, Eds. The Crusades: Medieval Worlds in Conflict. Farnham: Ashgate: 173-193.

Lower, Michael. 2010. “Urban II’s Call to Crusade.” In Brian Bonhomme, Ed. Milestone. Documents of World History: Exploring the Primary Sources that Shaped the World. 4 vols.(2). Dallas: Schlager Press: 497-512. 

Lower, Michael. 2009. Ibn al-Lihyani: Sultan of Tunis and would-be Christian convert.” Mediterranean Historical Review. 24(1): 17-27.

Lower, Michael. 2007. “Conversion and St. Louis’s Last Crusade.” Journal of Ecclesiastical History. 58(2): 211-231.

Lower, Michael. 2006. Tunis in 1270: A Case Study of Interfaith Relations in the Late Thirteenth Century.” International History Review. 28(3): 504-514.

Lower, Michael. 2005. The Barons’ Crusade: A Call to Arms and Its Consequences. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.

Lower, Michael. 2003. The Burning at Mont-Aimé: Thibaut IV of Champagne’s Preparations for the Barons’ Crusade.” Journal of Medieval History. 29: 95-108.