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Witnesses to a world crisis : historians and histories of the Middle East in the seventh century

Author: James Howard-Johnston
Publisher: Oxford [England] ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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James Howard-Johnston provides a sweeping account of probably the most dramatic single episode in world history--the emergence of a new religion (Islam), the destruction of two established great powers (Roman and Iranian) and the creation of a new world empire by the Arabs, all in the span of not much more than one generation.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James Howard-Johnston
ISBN: 9780199694990 0199694990
OCLC Number: 751510161
Notes: Originally published: 2010.
Awards: Winner of Winner of the 2011 British-Kuwait Friendship Society Prize in Middle Eastern Studies.
Description: xvi, 573 pages, [14] pages of plates : maps ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. George of Pisidia --
2. Two universal chronicles --
3. Seventh-century Eastern sources I: The history of Khosrov --
4. Seventh-century Eastern sources II: The history of the year 682 --
5. Supplementary Roman sources of the seventh century I --
6. Supplementary Roman sources of the seventh century II --
7. Later historians : the West Syrian tradition --
8. Later historians : Nicephorus --
9. Later historians : Theophanes --
10. Later historians at work in Egypt, Iraq, and Iran --
11. Early Islamic historical writing --
12. The life of the Prophet --
13. Historians of the Middle East in the seventh century --
14. The Middle East in the seventh century : the great powers, Arabia, and the Prophet --
15. The Middle East in the seventh century : Arab conquests --
16. The Middle East in the seventh century : a new world order.
Other Titles: Historians and histories of the Middle East in the seventh century
Responsibility: James Howard-Johnston.

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Few events have been more decisive for the history of the world than the preaching of Muhammad and the subsequent expansion of his followers. After this book they will never seem the same again. * Read more...

 
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