Fraxinet

Fraxinet

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Fraxinet or Fraxinetum was the site of a tenth-century fortress established by Saracen pirates at modern La Garde-Freinet, near Saint-Tropez, in Provence. The modern Massif des Maures ("plateau of Moors") takes its name from the Saracens of Fraxinet. According to Liudprand of CremonaIn about 889 a ship carrying twenty adventurers from Pechina near Almer a in what was then called Al-Andalus anchored in the Gulf of Saint-Tropez in Provence. They were called muwallad, that is, converts to Islam who spoke both Latin and Arabic. They built tiny stone fortification and protected their outposts by cultivating thorny bushes. The region around Fraxinet was known in Arabic as Djabal al-Qil l (mountain of the many peaks) and is, strangely enough, depicted on Arab maps of the period as an island. This area controlled by Fraxinet included St-Tropez, its gulf and hinterland, as well as Ramatuelle and its peninsula. Ibn Hawqal recorded that the area was richly cultivated by its Muslim inhabitants, and they have been credited with a number of agricultural and fishing innovations for the region. Ship wrecks in the area indicate that Fraxinet may have been a center of trade as much as of piracy.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 136 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 8mm | 209g
  • Cel Publishing
  • United States
  • English
  • 6134933546
  • 9786134933544