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Arabs and Empires before Islam / $$c edited by Greg Fisher.

Publisher: Oxford, United Kingdom : $$b Oxford University Press, 2017.
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"Illuminates the history of the Arabs before the emergence of Islam, collating nearly two hundred and fifty translated extracts from an extensive array of ancient sources. Drawn from a broad period between the eighth century BC and the Middle Ages, the sources include texts written in Greek, Latin, Syriac, Persian, and Arabic, inscriptions in a variety of languages and alphabets, and discussions of archaeological  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
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Document Type: Book
ISBN: 0198810148 9780198810148 9780199654529 0199654522
OCLC Number: 987424004
Language Note: Text in English and multiple languages.
Description: xxvii, 580 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Contents: Arabs and Empires before the sixth century / Conor Whately --
Before Himyar: epigraphic evidence for the kingdoms of South Arabia / Christian Julien Robin --
Himyar, Aksum, and Arabia Deserta in Late Antiquity: the epigraphic evidence / Christian Julien Robin --
The archaeological evidence for the Jafnids and the Nasrids / Denis Genequand --
Arabs in the conflict between Rome and Persia, AD 491 --
630 / Philip Wood --
Arabs and Christianity / Walter Ward --
Provincia Arabia: Nabataea, the Emergence of Arabic as a Written Language, and Graeco-Arabica / Laila Nehme --
Arabic and Persian sources for Pre-Islamic Arabia / Isabel Toral-Niehoff.

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