It is this journal’s ambition to foster multidisciplinary scholarship on the world in the period 750-1600, to showcase innovative research and approaches to pedagogy beyond medieval and Renaissance Studies’ traditional areas of focus, and to provide a forum for the fruitful discussion of the interconnection of broad regions and of meaningful comparison across diverse sites and contexts. We are proud to present in this second issue a selection of articles, essays, and reviews that do this and more.

The issue opens with Fred Astren’s “The Gibeonite Gambit: Ḥarrānians, Karaites, and Khaybarī Jews on the Margins of Medieval Islamic Society,” which invites us to reflect on the uses of the past in the...

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