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dc.contributor.authorFiorini, Stanley-
dc.identifier.citationFiorini, 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.en_GB
dc.description.abstractGiliberto 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.en_GB
dc.publisherUniversity of Malta Gozo Centreen_GB
dc.subjectGozo (Malta) -- Historyen_GB
dc.subjectGozo (Malta) -- History -- 870-1530en_GB
dc.subjectVillages -- Malta -- Gozo -- Historyen_GB
dc.subjectCatholic Church -- Malta -- Gozo -- Clergy -- Historyen_GB
dc.subjectKnights of Malta -- Historyen_GB
dc.subjectOrder of St John -- Historyen_GB
dc.titleThe Gozitan milieu during the late middle ages and early modern timesen_GB
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