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Arabs and Empires before Islam

Greg Fisher


This book collects nearly 250 translated extracts from an extensive array of ancient sources, which, from a variety of different perspectives, illuminate the history of the Arabs before the emergence of Islam. These sources are drawn from a broad period from the eighth century BC to the Middle Ages, and include texts written in Greek, Latin, Syriac, Persian, and Arabic, inscriptions in a variety of languages and alphabets, and discussions of archaeological sites from across the Near East. More than 20 experts, drawn from the fields of archaeology, classics and ancient history, linguistics and ... More

Keywords: Arabs, barbarians, Roman empire, Persian empire, Old Arabic, Sasanians, Jafnids, Nasrids, Christianity, late antiquity

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Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199654529
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199654529.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Greg Fisher, editor
Associate Professor, College of the Humanities and Department of History, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada

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1 Arabs and Empires before the Sixth Century

Michael C. A. Macdonald, with contributions from Aldo Corcella, Touraj Daryaee, Greg Fisher, Matt Gibbs, Ariel Lewin, Donata Violante, and Conor Whately

2 Before Ḥimyar

Christian Julien Robin

5 Arabs in the Conflict between Rome and Persia, AD 491–630

Peter Edwell, with contributions from Greg Fisher, Geoffrey Greatrex, Conor Whately, and Philip Wood

6 Arabs and Christianity

Greg Fisher and Philip Wood, with contributions from George Bevan, Geoffrey Greatrex, Basema Hamarneh, Peter Schadler, and Walter Ward

7 Provincia Arabia: Nabataea, the Emergence of Arabic as a Written Language, and Graeco-Arabica

Zbigniew T. Fiema, Ahmad Al-Jallad, Michael C. A. Macdonald, and Laïla Nehmé

8 Arabic and Persian Sources for Pre-Islamic Arabia

Harry Munt, with contributions from Touraj Daryaee, Omar Edaibat, Robert Hoyland, and Isabel Toral-Niehoff