Specific aims


We aim at achieving the following specific goals with this project:

  • The approach to an explanatory model on the settlement around the littoral of the Alboran Sea in the medieval period, pointing to the potential concomitances and differences between both shores.

  • The analysis of the commercialised goods through a detailed study of their circulation, from their origins—transformation or production—, passing by the routes and ports they cross, to their destination and place of consumption. Such an issue will demand the coastal and port centres to be in relation with the interior areas to which they supply and/or receive goods from. 

  • Related to the former, our intention is to delimit the possible stages of the evolution of the overseas exchanges. At this point, some questions are raised: to what extend do the periods of conflict and the political and religious differences have an impact on commerce? What are the guidelines followed by the states to minimise these eventual negative effects?

  • To establish an analysis of the coastal settlements, their economic exploitation of the space (fishing, salt mines, agriculture, ranching), and their socio-cultural composition. This will lead us to evaluate the role of such areas in the socio-political evolution of the states, and the structuring of the territories of these latter. Additionally, issues related to the settlement of exogenous communities on the littorals, and the relations of these with the local authorities will be also relevant. This implies an evaluation both of the studies of the acting parameters of the local powers, and of the groups settled there (special taxation system, incentive policies, or deterrent to their arrival).

  • The study of the socio-cultural and technological exchanges between the two watersheds of the Alboran Sea. In this section, there is space for issues of migrations, the routes and travels (riḥlas) taken by intellectuals throughout their training to become specialists in law (fiqh) and other matters, and the transmission of new techniques and ideas (in sailing, agriculture, pottery, etc).

Translated into English by Luis F. Bravo Morales, luisbravomorales[arroba]lenguasmodernas.com