History and Identity in the Late Antique Near East

Hardcover | April 15, 2013

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History and Identity in the Late Antique Near East gathers together the work of distinguished historians and early career scholars with a broad range of expertise to investigate the significance of newly emerged, or recently resurrected, ethnic identities on the borders of the easternMediterranean world. It focuses on the "long late antiquity" from the eve of the Arab conquest of the Roman East to the formation of the Abbasid caliphate. The first half of the book offers papers on the Christian Orient on the cusp of the Islamic invasions. These papers discuss how Christians negotiated the end of Roman power, whether in the selective use of the patristic past to create confessional divisions or the emphasis of the sharedphilosophical legacy of the Greco-Roman world. The second half of the book considers Muslim attempts to negotiate the pasts of the conquered lands of the Near East, where the Christian histories of Hira or Egypt were used to create distinctive regional identities for Arab settlers. Like the firsthalf, this section investigates the redeployment of a shared history, this time the historical imagination of the Qu'ran and the era of the first caliphs. All the papers in the volume bring together studies of the invention of the past across traditional divides between disciplines, placing the re-assessment of the past as a central feature of the long late antiquity. As a whole, History and Identity in the Late Antique Near East represents adistinctive contribution to recent writing on late antiquity, due to its cultural breadth, its interdisciplinary focus, and its novel definition of late antiquity itself.

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History and Identity in the Late Antique Near East gathers together the work of distinguished historians and early career scholars with a broad range of expertise to investigate the significance of newly emerged, or recently resurrected, ethnic identities on the borders of the easternMediterranean world. It focuses on the "long late an...

Philip Wood is Lecturer in Early Medieval History at Sidney Sussex College at Cambridge University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:April 15, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceList of ContributorsIntroductionMap1. Phil Booth: Sophronius of Jerusalem and the End of Roman History2. Tara L. Andrews: Identity, philosophy, and the problem of Armenian history in the sixth century3. Philip Wood: The Chronicle of Seert and Roman ecclesiastical history in the Sasanian world4. Daniel King: Why were the Syrians interested in Greek philosophy?5. Jack Tannous: You are What You Read: Qenneshre and the Miaphysite Church in the Seventh Century6. Harry Munt: The Prophet's City before the Prophet: Ibn Zab?la (d. after 199/814) on Pre-Islamic Medina7. Adam Talib: Topoi and Topography in the histories of al-ra8. Hussein Omar: 'The Crinkly Haired People of the Black Earth'; examining Egyptian identities in Ibn 'Abd alakam's Fut9. Sarah Savant: Forgetting Ctesiphon: Iran's Pre-Islamic Past, ca. 800-110010. Matthieu Tillier: Legal knowledge and local practices under the early AbbasidsAbbreviationsBibliographyIndex