David Abulafia

David Abulafia is Emeritus Professor of Mediterranean History at the University of Cambridge. His previous books include Frederick II, The Western Mediterranean Kingdoms and The Great Sea, which has been translated into a dozen languages. He is a member of the Academia Europaea, and in 2003 was made Commendatore dell'Ordine della Stella della Solidarietà Italiana in recognition of his work on Italian and Mediterranean history. He won the 2020 Wolfson History Prize for The Boundless Sea.
Tales of Mediterranean Coexistence
Al-Andalus in Islamic Spain and the 19th Century Levant are often mentioned as legendary times and places of peaceful co-existence between different peoples and religions. But how much real social, cultural and economic interaction actually existed among Jews, Christians and Muslims? In what way was the Jewish experience distinctive from that of other faiths? In this talk chaired by Professor Felipe Fernández-Armesto, two major historians of the region, Professor David Abulafia, autho...
Aleppo
Philip Mansel chronicles the history of Syria’s first capital city, vividly describing Aleppo as a pinnacle of cultural and economic power. Few places are as ancient and diverse as Aleppo, a once vibrant world city, famous for its food and music, where Muslims, Christians and Jews lived and traded together in relative peace and harmony. Presenting many first-hand accounts for the first time, Mansel’s portrait is a poignant testament to a city shattered by Syria’s civil war. In conversat...
A Human History of the Oceans
You can buy a ticket to watch this past event until 31st March 2021 by clicking here For most of human history, the seas and oceans have been the main means of long-distance communication between peoples. To this day 90% of global trade is conducted this way and it has been pivotal to the spread of ideas and religion since the Polynesians in the first century. Historian Da...