Thèse soutenue

L'image du Maure médiéval dans l'histoire de la Corse

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Auteur / Autrice : Denis Luciani
Direction : Jean-André Cancellieri
Type : Thèse de doctorat
Discipline(s) : Histoire
Date : Soutenance en 2011
Etablissement(s) : Corte


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The Medieval Moor has permeated into the identity of the Corsican People; its symbolism is so strong that the supreme emblem is imprinted on the flag. Yet, no matter how omnipotent this image can be, its perception remains confused for these people that it is supposed to incarnate. Its history is mixed with the progressive Christianity on the island and the fracture in two parts of the Mediterranean: the North, Christian and the South, Muslim. It gives life to a myth and a symbol which will, imperfectly, structure a collective conscience because they are the manifestation of a non assumed part of identity. Starting in the 16th century this image fluctuate with the geopolitical evolutions of the Mediterranean with the flux and the reflux of the pressure from Turkey and Barbary Coast, the colonization of Northern Africa in the 19th century and then the decolonization in the second half of the 20th century. These successive stages alter, even eclipse the image of the Moor; as a matter of fact, this image results from two processes geopolitical and ethno-cultural. In the imaginary, the Moor from beyond the seas will merge in with the Moor from the inland: