|Cassata Siciliana, |
a ricotta and marzipan cake, glazed with sugar and candied fruit
typifies the gifts of the Saracens to Sicily's cuisine.
This one was purchased at Bar Enzo e Nino of Marsala.
|King Michael II and his son Theophilos|
His death opened the doors to a new chapter in Sicily's history --The Emirate of Sicily--and the events that followed changed the course of Sicilian culture forever. Arab rule in Sicily took some 30 years to consolidate and was strongly resisted. Yet despite its violent beginnings and the harsh economic, religious and cultural injunctions forced upon the people of Sicily, this period is generally viewed as a time of economic prosperity and innovation. Though they ruled Sicily for only about 200 years, the legacy of our Arab conquerors endures to the present.
|Sicilian Oranges |
were introduced to Sicily by the Saracens
|San Giovanni degli Eremeti, |
once an Arab mosque, later a Norman church.
I have heard but not verified, that the city of Palermo
may have had as many 400 mosques at one time!