This chapter considers exile as being fundamental to the origins of Italian
poetry through the lens of the twelth-century Sicilian Arab poet Ibn Hamdîs
and how his nostalgia for Sicily resonates with the global affinities forged
in Dante’s Commedia. How might our ideas of Italian literature and identity
shift by considering the Arab poets of Sicily as part of the Italian canon?
In similar fashion, how might we orient our reading of Dante through the
perspective of migration? Aspects such as self-identification with the
cultural other, experiments in multilingual poetry, and expressions of
global connectivity emerge to give voice to a poet attuned with the medieval
realities of migration and one whose vision is by no means to be relegated
solely to the world beyond.