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Near Eastern Cities from Alexander to the Successors of Muhammad

1st Edition

By Walter D. Ward

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296 pages

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Near Eastern Cities from Alexander to the Successors of Muhammad compares the evolution of several cities in the Near East from the time of Alexander the Great until the beginning of the Islamic 'Abbasid Dynasty.

This volume examines both archaeological remains and literary sources to explain the diversity of imperial, cultural, and religious influences on urban life. It offers several case studies chosen from different regions of the Roman Near East, demonstrating that Greco-Roman and Islamic culture spread unevenly through these various cities, and that it is impossible to make broad generalizations. It argues instead that there were different patterns of urbanism that demonstrate a continued vitality of civic life up to the 'Abbasid revolution.

Near Eastern Cities from Alexander to the Successors of Muhammad will be of particular interest to students of this period in the Ancient Near East, as well as those studying ancient cities and everyday life.

Table of Contents

List of Figures

Preface and Acknowledgements

Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Urban Planning and Structures in the Near East

Chapter 3: The Tetrapolis (Antioch and Apamea)

Chapter 4: The Decapolis (Scythopolis and Gerasa)

Chapter 5: Judea and Palestine (Jerusalem and Caesarea)

Chapter 6: The Desert Fringe (Petra and Palmyra)

Chapter 7: Conclusion

Glossary

Index

About the Author

Walter D. Ward received his PhD at the University of California, Los Angeles, USA, in 2008 with a concentration on Roman and late antique history. He is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA. He is the author of Mirage of the Saracen: Christians and Nomads in the Sinai Peninsula in Late Antiquity (2014) and editor of two books - The Socio-economic history and material culture of the Roman and Byzantine Near East: Essays in Honor of S. Thomas Parker (2017) and Sources of World Societies (with D. Gainty, 2009 and 2011).

About the Series

Studies in the History of the Ancient Near East

Advisory Board of Associate Editors

Ra’anan Boustan, University of California, Los Angeles, USA; Zeba Crook, Carleton University, Canada; Elizabeth DePalma Digeser, University of California at Santa Barbara, USA; Matthew Gibbs, University of Winnipeg, Canada; John Lee, University of California at Santa Barbara, USA; Harry Munt, University of York, UK; Richard Payne, Oriental Institute, University of Chicago, USA; Lucy Wadeson, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium; Philip Wood, Aga Khan University, London, UK; Alan Lenzi, University of the Pacific, USA.

 

Studies in the History of the Ancient Near East provides a global forum for works addressing the history and culture of the Ancient Near East, spanning a broad period from the foundation of civilisation in the region until the end of the Abbasid period. The series includes research monographs, edited works, collections developed from conferences and workshops, and volumes suitable for the university classroom.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HIS002000
HISTORY / Ancient / General