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Between EmpiresArabs, Romans, and Sasanians in Late Antiquity$
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Greg Fisher

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199599271

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199599271.001.0001

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Aspects of Arab Christianisation in Late Antiquity 1

Aspects of Arab Christianisation in Late Antiquity 1

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Between Empires

Greg Fisher (Contributor Webpage)

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The central focus of this chapter is the Christianisation of Arabs in antiquity. It examines the broad political and cultural consequences of becoming Christian, including subordination to the state, using examples from colonial America for comparison. It then addresses the involvement of the Jafnid Arab elite in Christianity within the Roman Empire, particularly their position as ‘supporters’ of the miaphysite anti‐Chalcedonian position. It looks at the function of the city of Resafa, in Syria, and the connection the Jafnids enjoyed to Saint Sergius. Finally, it studies the position of the Nasrids, in the Sasanian Empire, and concludes that both Jafnids and Nasrids adopted a ‘middle ground’ position which allowed them to avoid the majority of the political problems which arrived with the ‘conversion’ of barbarians in antiquity.

Keywords:   Christianity, miaphysitism, Chalcedonian, Resafa, Saint Sergius, middle ground, conversion

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