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Title: The Gozitan milieu during the late middle ages and early modern times
Authors: Fiorini, Stanley
Keywords: Gozo (Malta) -- History
Gozo (Malta) -- History -- 870-1530
Villages -- Malta -- Gozo -- History
Catholic Church -- Malta -- Gozo -- Clergy -- History
Knights of Malta -- History
Order of St John -- History
Issue Date: 1995
Publisher: University of Malta Gozo Centre
Citation: Fiorini, S. ( 1995). The Gozitan milieu during the late middle ages and early modern times. In L. Briguglio, & J. Bezzina (Eds.), Gozo and its culture: proceedings of the 1995 Lowenbrau Seminar held at l-Imġarr Hotel, Gozo on 3 March 1995 (pp. 49-59). Gozo: Formatek and the University of Malta Gozo Centre.
Abstract: Giliberto Abbate's quantification of hearths in these islands shows that around the year 1241 the Gozitan population was about one-fifth that of Malta (Luttrell). It is also stated that of the total of 366 hearths only 203 were Christian; the rest were in their majority Muslim (155 hearths) and a few (8 hearths) were Jewish. The suppression of Islam in the Kingdom of Sicily at the hands of Frederick II between the date of this census and 1250, the year of his death, did not have the same devastating consequences for the Arabic speaking population on these islands as it had in Sicily, where the pockets of resistance, confined to such inaccessible strongholds as Castro Yanni, felt they could stand their ground, but were soon worn out and snuffed, and all opposition literally annihilated. It appears that the Saracens on these islands, probably because in a much weaker position due to the smallness of the place, reading the writing on the wall, opted wisely for a more accommodating stance and were consequently, in their majority, spared exile or worse. This must account for the survival of the language and of the Semitic anthroponyms here to this day, reflecting ethnic continuity with the Islamic period, in sharp contrast with the extinction of the same in Sicily. In the rapid process of Latinization and re-Christianization that followed, the various communities in the Maltese islands merged to form an increasingly homogeneous unit.
URI: https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar/handle/123456789/47640
ISBN: 9990949026
Appears in Collections:Gozo and its culture : proceedings of the 1995 Lowenbrau Seminar held at l-Imġarr Hotel, Gozo on 3 March 1995
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