A place is undoubtedly emerging for Islamic material culture within the medieval Mediterranean framework: there is even a sub-discipline that has been styled the ‘Islamic Mediterranean’. This essay will not attempt a detailed historiographical review of all the recent academic output on this region, which is – suddenly – vast, but will offer some reflections on the ‘nascent field’ of what is becoming known as ‘Mediterraneanism’; next, it will examine some of the problems that still remain for the study of Islamic material culture in the Mediterranean, and suggest some ways forward.

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