Between Empires: Arabs, Romans, and Sasanians in Late Antiquity

Paperback | April 5, 2013

byGreg Fisher

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In Between Empires Greg Fisher tackles the problem of pre-Islamic Arab identity by examining the relationship between the Roman Empire and the Empire of Sasanian Iran, and a selection of their Arab allies and neighbours, the Jafnids, Nasrids, and Hujrids. Fisher focuses on the last centurybefore the emergence of Islam and stresses the importance of a Near East dominated by Rome and Iran for the formation of early concepts of Arab identity. In particular, he examines cultural and religious integration, political activities, and the role played by Arabic as factors in this process. Heconcludes that interface with the Roman Empire, in particular, played a key role in helping to lay the foundation for later concepts of Arab identity, and that the world of Late Antiquity is, as a result, of enduring interest in our understanding of what we now call the Middle East.

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In Between Empires Greg Fisher tackles the problem of pre-Islamic Arab identity by examining the relationship between the Roman Empire and the Empire of Sasanian Iran, and a selection of their Arab allies and neighbours, the Jafnids, Nasrids, and Hujrids. Fisher focuses on the last centurybefore the emergence of Islam and stresses the ...

Greg Fisher is currently Assistant Professor of Greek and Roman Studies at Carleton University in Ottawa, where he teaches courses on Rome and the barbarians, the Near East, and Roman imperial history.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:274 pagesPublished:April 5, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199679312

ISBN - 13:9780199679317

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1. Introduction2. Aspects of Arab Christianization in Late Antiquity3. Empires, Clients, and Politics4. Arabic, Culture, and Ethnicity5. Between Empires: the Jafnids, the Nasrids, and Late Antiquity6. The Jafnids and History in East and WestBibliographyIndex

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"Fisher has made a valuable contribution to the various historical debates he has joined, not least through his surveys, with bibliographical references, of the current state of scholarship." --James Howard-Johnston, Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies