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The Byzantine and Early Islamic Near East

1st Edition

By Hugh Kennedy


288 pages

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The essays in this volume deal with the history of the Middle East from c.550 to 1000 AD. There are three main themes: Syria in Late Antiquity and the changes and continuities with the early Islamic period; relations between Muslims and the Byzantine Empire from the 8th to the 11th centuries; and the development of government and the economy in the early caliphate. Throughout there is an emphasis on social and economic trends and the integration of written and archaeological evidence to elucidate the complex developments in this pivotal part of the world. In different ways all the papers discuss the formation of the Islamic world and the way in which the legacy of Antiquity, economic, social and cultural, affected the emergence of what we think of as this "Islamic World". These papers will be of interest to historians of Islam and Byzantium but also western mediaevalists interested in comparing processes of change at opposite ends of the Mediterranean.


’… so wie man abschliessend sagen kann, dass ausnahmslos alle Artikel dieses Bandes lesenswert und sehr lehrreich sind. Durch diese Zusammenstellung der Aufsätze in einem Band ist dem Leser viel Recherchetätigkeit erspart geblieben. Den Herausgebern sei dafür herzlich gedankt!’ Sehepunkte

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface; From Polis to Madina: urban change in late Antique and early Islamic Syria; The last century of Byzantine Syria: a reinterpretation; Gerasa and Scythopolis: power and patronage in the Byzantine cities of Bilad al-Sham; The impact of Muslim rule on the pattern of rural settlement in Syria; From Antiquity to Islam in the cities of al-Andalus and al-Mashriq; The Melkite church from the Islamic conquest to the Crusades: continuity and adaptation in the Byzantine legacy; Antioch: from Byzantium to Islam and back again; The Arab-Byzantine frontier in the 8th and 9th centuries: military organisation and society in the borderlands; Byzantine-Arab diplomacy in the Near East from the Islamic conquests to the mid 11th century; Central government and provincial élites in the early 'Abbasid caliphate; Military pay and the economy of the early Islamic state; Caliphs and their chroniclers in the middle Abbasid period (3rd/9th century); The Uqaylids of Mosul: the origins and structure of a nomad dynasty; The decline and fall of the first Muslim empire; Index.

About the Author

Hugh Kennedy formerly Professor of Middle Eastern History at the University of St Andrews, UK.

About the Series

Variorum Collected Studies

The first title in the Variorum Collected Studies series was published in 1970. Since then well over 1000 titles have appeared in the series, and it has established a well-earned international reputation for the publication of key research across a whole range of subjects within the fields of history.

The history of the medieval world remains central to the series, with Byzantine studies a particular speciality, but the range of titles extends from Hellenistic philosophy and the history of the Roman empire and early Christianity, through the Renaissance and Reformation, up to the 20th century. Islamic Studies forms another major strand as do the histories of science, technology and medicine.

Each title in the Variorum Collected Studies series brings together for the first time a selection of articles by a leading authority on a particular subject. These studies are reprinted from a vast range of learned journals, Festschrifts and conference proceedings. They make available research that is scattered, even inaccessible in all but the largest and most specialized libraries. With a new introduction and index, and often with new notes and previously unpublished material, they constitute an essential resource. 

For further information about contributing to the series please contact Michael Greenwood at [email protected]

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General