Arabia and the Arabs: From the Bronze Age to the Coming of Islam by Robert G. HoylandArabia and the Arabs: From the Bronze Age to the Coming of Islam by Robert G. Hoyland

Arabia and the Arabs: From the Bronze Age to the Coming of Islam

byRobert G. HoylandEditorRobert G. Hoyland

Paperback | October 12, 2001

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Long before Muhammed preached the religion of Islam, the inhabitants of his native Arabia had played an important role in world history as both merchants and warriors
Arabia and the Arabsprovides the only up-to-date, one-volume survey of the region and its peoples, from prehistory to the coming of Islam
Using a wide range of sources - inscriptions, poetry, histories, and archaeological evidence - Robert Hoyland explores the main cultural areas of Arabia, from ancient Sheba in the south, to the deserts and oases of the north. He then examines the major themes of
*the economy
*society
*religion
*art, architecture and artefacts
*language and literature
*Arabhood and Arabisation
The volume is illustrated with more than 50 photographs, drawings and maps.
Title:Arabia and the Arabs: From the Bronze Age to the Coming of IslamFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8.4 × 5.5 × 0.8 inPublished:October 12, 2001Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0415195357

ISBN - 13:9780415195355

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from VERY WELL WRITTEN AND RESEARCHED Arabia and the Arabs is a read for experts. The Foreign names and places make it difficult for Western readers to capture the depth of Hoyland's research. The mixture of primary evidence with archaeological findings is invaluable and the outcome is original. Here is a scholar that goes to the bottom of the questions rather than swimming with the consensus. It is a must read for students of Islam, the Middle East and the Arab Peninsula. It is beyond the grasp of the author, however, how his findings fit into the big picture. This is a fundamental flaw in the science of history, not Hoyland's. Lacking the context, the findings can mean anything. Yet, without his findings, the context would have revealed little for my own writings. Students will need to take Hoyland and read nothing more into the evidence than exactly what it says (leaving out everything that derives from traditions). Only then can it be placed into its proper context. This approach will open an entirely new world in the Arab Peninsula. A.J. Deus, author of The Great Leap-Fraud - Social Economics of Religious Terrorism.
Date published: 2011-08-23

Editorial Reviews

"In this highly original book, Hoyland gives us a rare glimpse into the society and culture of Arabia before the advent of Islam in the seventh century. Hoyland challenges the myth of pre-Islamic Arabia as culturally barren and demonstrates the social vitality of everyday life in the area. The narrative is enhanced by numerous maps, figures and plates. Highly recommended for academic and large public libraries." - Library Journal