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GUST’s Dr. Marco Zuccato’s Article on 10th Century Catalonia Published in Q1 Academic Journal

17 January 2019 to 31 January 2019

Dr. Marco Zuccato, Assistant Professor at GUST’s Humanities and Social Sciences Department, recently published an article in the Journal of Medieval Iberian Studies, a top Q1 academic research journal in the field of the medieval history of the Iberian Peninsula. The piece in question, titled, Nobisque potius obaedire delegistis quam Hismahelitis: the political predicament of tenth-century Catalonia, examined Catalonia’s position as it lay between the largely Muslim Al-Andalus and the Christian Frankish Kingdom. 


His research highlights that, contrary to popular scholarly belief, from around the mid-tenth century to the very end of the third quarter of the tenth century, the region was more politically aligned to Al-Andalus rather than the Frankish Kingdom.  Also, antithetically to general historical consensus is that the Umayyad caliphate was not perceived as an alien religious or political threat to the Catalans nor to other Christian kingdoms in the Iberia Peninsula.


Zuccato’s research goes further to illustrate that with time, this dynamic progressively drove Catalonia towards a political limbo, far enough from the control of the King of Francia but equidistant from direct political interference by the caliphs of Cordova. However, this delicate equilibrium collapsed disastrously with the accession of Ibn Abī ʿĀmir and the radical political shift that it provoked. In fact, soon after 981 AD, the Catalan counts found themselves politically isolated and vulnerable to the new belligerent policies of Al-Mansur.


This recent publication further propels GUST closer to its goal of being a leading local and regional contributor to original research. A Q1 rating implies the article falls within the top 25% of the Impact Factor (IF) distribution scale, as determined by Journal Citation Reports, which are published by Thomson Reuters, and compile yearly rankings of science and social science journals, in the subject categories relevant for the journal. Quartile rankings, therefore, are derived for each journal vis-à-vis its subject categories in accordance to which segment of the IF distribution the journal occupies for that subject category.