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By Greg Fisher

ISBN-10: 0199654522

ISBN-13: 9780199654529

Arabs and Empires prior to Islam illuminates the background of the Arabs ahead of the emergence of Islam, collating approximately 200 and fifty translated extracts from an in depth array of old assets. Drawn from a huge interval among the 8th century BC and the center a while, the resources comprise texts written in Greek, Latin, Syriac, Persian, and Arabic, inscriptions in numerous languages and alphabets, and discussions of archaeological websites from around the close to East. greater than twenty foreign specialists from the fields of archaeology, classics and historic heritage, linguistics and philology, epigraphy, and artwork heritage, supply exact statement and research in this varied collection of fabric.

Richly-illustrated with 16 color plates, fifteen maps, and over seventy in-text pictures, the quantity offers a finished, wide-ranging, and updated exam of what old resources needed to say in regards to the politics, tradition, and faith of the Arabs within the pre-Islamic interval. It bargains a whole attention of the strains which the Arabs have left within the epigraphic, literary, and archaeological documents, and sheds mild on their courting with their usually more-powerful neighbours: the states and empires of the traditional close to East. Arabs and Empires earlier than Islam gathers jointly a number of fabric by no means prior to amassed right into a unmarried quantity - a few of which appears to be like in English translation for the first actual time - and offers a unmarried element of reference for a colourful and dynamic quarter of research.

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OUP CORRECTED PROOF – FINAL, 16/7/2015, SPi Plate 2. 20). Photograph by Greg Fisher. OUP CORRECTED PROOF – FINAL, 16/7/2015, SPi Plate 3. 18–19). Photograph by Christian Julien Robin. OUP CORRECTED PROOF – FINAL, 16/7/2015, SPi Plate 4. 26). The northern sluice controlled the waters irrigating the north of the oasis. Photograph by Christian Julien Robin. OUP CORRECTED PROOF – FINAL, 16/7/2015, SPi Plate 5. The valley of Maʾsal al-Jumh ̣ (205 km west of Riyadh). 14 are engraved higher up (on a rock on the left bank of the valley) at the foot of the cliff from which the photograph is taken.

9 See Macdonald 2008a. 10 For this reason the names in the translations below have been left in their purely consonantal form, since any vocalization would simply be guesswork. 16 Michael C. A. Macdonald et al. Fig. 2. The trade routes in ancient Arabia and the Levant between the mid-first millennium bc and the early centuries ad. Map drawn by Aaron Styba. trans-Arabian caravan route. This ran from South Arabia (modern Yemen and Dhofar), which was where the best frankincense and myrrh grew as well as the point at which spices from south Asia and the Far East were landed, to the almost insatiable markets for these products in Persia, Mesopotamia, the Levant, and the Mediterranean (see Fig.

Drawn by Aaron Styba. into the Arabian Peninsula, lay deserts of substantial geographical variation. 9 A substantial part of the surviving literary sources discuss conflict between desert populations and those who lived in the towns and villages of the Roman 9 For a concise overview of the geographical background, see Whittow 1996: 15–37; Butcher 2003: 11–15, 161–6; Isaac 2000: 9–14; Bowersock 1983: 5–11; Kennedy and Riley 1990: 24–8; Robin 2012b: 247–8; Dijkstra and Fisher 2014. ) 1993 and Fowden (E.

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