Allen Fromherz is Professor of History at Georgia State University and director of the Middle East Studies Center. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Dartmouth College in 2002 and received his PhD from St. Andrews University in Scotland in Medieval Islamic History in 2006. Dr. Fromherz has held several international fellowships including Fulbright, Gerda Henkel Stiftung, the Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center. He was a senior fellow in the humanities at NYU Abu Dhabi (2016). He has lived in various parts of the Gulf, including Oman, United Arab Emirates and Qatar. He is President of the American Institute for Maghrib Studies (AIMS). His publications include: Ibn Khaldun (Edinburgh University Press, 2010); The Almohads (IB Tauris, 2012); Qatar (Georgetown Univeristy Press, 2016) and The Near West (Edinburgh University Press, 2016).
A fast-paced and innovative look at the medieval western Mediterranean which will leave the reader intrigued, fascinated, and eager to know more about the unexpectedly cosmopolitan character of the 'middle sea', the oft-forgotten role of the Berbers in that cosmopolitanism, and the surprising
contributions of southern, Muslim knowledge to the efflorescence of northern Christian shores. -- Amira K. Bennison, University of Cambridge
Fromherz has provided a fresh and well-crafted synthesis that heuristically questions standard narratives of European medieval history...the book restores the Maghreb to its proper place in the wider history of the twelfth-century Mediterranean world. -- John Tolan, JOURNAL OF WORLD HISTORY
Fromherz takes a fresh look at a variety of sources, finding - rather than a period of sometimes violent hostility - a fascinating mixing of cultures in art and architecture, music, poetry, medicine and commerce. -- Robert W. Lebling, AramcoWorld