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

James Howard-Johnston


The principal witnesses to the rise of Islam are examined, first contemporary and near‐contemporary non‐Muslims, then later writers with access to good sources of information, and finally the canonical Islamic accounts. As information is extracted from each successive witness, the extraordinary history of the seventh century in the Middle East—the human equivalent of the Big Bang—is gradually pieced together. Key events are securely dated for the first time—the surrender of Jerusalem (late in 634 or early 635), the decisive defeat of Persian forces at Qadisiyya (6 January 638), the assassinati ... More

Keywords: Islam, Persia, Byzantium, Middle East, Muhammad, ‘Ali, Jerusalem, Mecca, faith, insurgency

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199208593
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199208593.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James Howard-Johnston, author
Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Oxford
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