Arabs and Empires before Islam

Hardcover | August 30, 2015

EditorGreg Fisher

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Arabs and Empires before Islam collates nearly 250 translated extracts from an extensive array of ancient sources which, from a variety of different perspectives, illuminate the history of the Arabs before the emergence of Islam. Drawn from a broad period between the eighth century BC and theMiddle Ages, the sources include texts written in Greek, Latin, Syriac, Persian, and Arabic, inscriptions in a variety of languages and alphabets, and discussions of archaeological sites from across the Near East. More than 20 international experts from the fields of archaeology, classics andancient history, linguistics and philology, epigraphy, and art history, provide detailed commentary and analysis on this diverse selection of material. Richly-illustrated with 16 colour plates, 15 maps, and over 70 in-text images, the volume provides a comprehensive, wide-ranging, and up-to-date examination of what ancient sources had to say about the politics, culture, and religion of the Arabs in the pre-Islamic period. It offers a fullconsideration of the traces which the Arabs have left in the epigraphic, literary, and archaeological records, and sheds light on their relationship with their often more-powerful neighbours: the states and empires of the ancient Near East. Arabs and Empires before Islam gathers together a host ofmaterial never before collected into a single volume - some of which appears in English translation for the very first time - and provides a single point of reference for a vibrant and dynamic area of research.

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Arabs and Empires before Islam collates nearly 250 translated extracts from an extensive array of ancient sources which, from a variety of different perspectives, illuminate the history of the Arabs before the emergence of Islam. Drawn from a broad period between the eighth century BC and theMiddle Ages, the sources include texts writt...

Greg Fisher is Associate Professor in the College of the Humanities and the Department of History at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:608 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:August 30, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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AcknowledgementsList of AbbreviationsList of IllustrationsCopyright NoticesTransliteration TablesLeaders of Arab Dynasties and the Kingdom of HimyarEditor's Introduction1. Aldo Corcella, Touraj Daryaee, Greg Fisher, Matt Gibbs, Ariel S. Lewin, Michael C. A. Macdonald, Donatella Violante, and Conor Whately: Arabs and Empires before the Sixth Century2. Christian Julien Robin: Before Himyar: Epigraphic Evidence for the Kingdoms of Saudi Arabia3. Christian Julien Robin: Himyar, Aksum, and Arabia Deserta in Late Antiquity: The Epigraphic Evidence4. Denis Genequand: The Archaeological Evidence for the Jafnids and the Nasrids5. Peter Edwell, with contributions from George Bevan, Greg Fisher, Geoffrey Greatrex, Conor Whateley, and Philip Wood: Arabs in the Conflict between Rome and Persia, 491-6306. Greg Fisher and Philip Wood, with contributions from George Bevan, Geoffrey Greatrex, Basema Hamarneh, Peter Schadler, and Walter Ward: Arabs and Christianity7. Zbigniew T. Fiema, Ahmad Al-Jallad, Michael C. A. Macdonald, and Laila Nehme: Provincia Arabia: Nabataea, the Emergence of Arabic as a Written Language, and Graeco-Arabica8. Harry Munt, with contributions from Touraj Daryaee, Omar Edaibat, Robert G. Hoyland, and Isabel Toral-Niehoff: Arabic and Persian Sources for Pre-Islamic ArabiaIndex of SourcesEpigraphic and Papyrological SiglaBibliographyIndex