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The Byzantine-Islamic Transition in Palestine: An Archaeological Approach

Gideon Avni


The Byzantine–Islamic transition and the spread of Islam in the Near East has been widely debated in the past thirty years. The traditional approach, claiming a swift Arab conquest which triggered a rapid transition from Christianity to Islam, was challenged from various directions. Based on a comprehensive evaluation of archaeological findings from hundreds of excavated sites, this book addresses the transformation of local societies in Palestine and Jordan between the sixth and eleventh centuries. Its main argument is that archaeological findings provide a reliable though complex picture, in ... More

Keywords: Byzantine, Early Islamic, settlements, cities, towns, villages, nomads, transition, Islamization

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199684335
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199684335.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gideon Avni, author
Head of the Archaeology Division, Israel Antiquities, and lecturer at the Institute of Archaeology, Hebrew University, Jerusalem