Witnesses to a World Crisis: Historians and Histories of the Middle East in the Seventh Century

Paperback | August 31, 2011

byJames Howard-Johnston

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James Howard-Johnston provides a sweeping and highly readable account of probably the most dramatic single episode in world history - the emergence of a new religion (Islam), the destruction of two established great powers (Roman and Iranian), and the creation of a new world empire by theArabs, all in the space of not much more than a generation (610-52 AD). Warfare looms large, especially where operations can be followed in some detail, as in Iraq 636-40, in Egypt 641-2 and in the long-drawn out battle for the Mediterranean (649-98). As the first history of the formative phase ofIslam to be grounded in the important non-Islamic as well as Islamic sources Witnesses to a World Crisis is essential reading for anyone wanting to understand Islam as a religion and political force, the modern Middle East, and the jihadist impulse, which is as evident today as it was in the seventhcentury.

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James Howard-Johnston provides a sweeping and highly readable account of probably the most dramatic single episode in world history - the emergence of a new religion (Islam), the destruction of two established great powers (Roman and Iranian), and the creation of a new world empire by theArabs, all in the space of not much more than a ...

James Howard-Johnston is a Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Oxford, and was University Lecturer in Byzantine Studies from 1971 to 2009. He has travelled extensively in the Middle East and East Mediterranean, and escaped for a while from the confines of academic life by serving on Oxford City Council (1971-6) and Oxfordshire County Co...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:576 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.41 inPublished:August 31, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. George of Pisidia2. Two Universal Chronicles3. Seventh-Century Eastern Sources I: The History of Khosrov4. Seventh-Century Eastern Sources II: The History to the Year 682 and the Khuzistan Chronicle5. Supplementary Roman Sources of the Seventh Century I6. Supplementary Roman Sources of the Seventh Century II7. Later Historians: The West Syrian Tradition8. Later Historians: Nicephorus9. Later Historians: Theophanes10. Later Historians at Work in Egypt, Iraq, and Iran11. Early Islamic Historical Writing12. The Life of the Prophet13. Historians of the Middle East in the Seventh Century14. The Middle East in the Seventh Century: The Great Powers, Arabia, and the Prophet15. The Middle East in the Seventh Century: Arab Conquests16. The Middle East in the Seventh Century: A New World OrderConclusion

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Review from previous edition: "a pandramatic narrative, limpid and exhilarating in equal measure, as gripping as its emphases are well-judged, with not a word wasted." --Professor Aziz Al-Azmeh, Central European University