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Imagining the Arabs : Arab identity and the rise of Islam

Author: Peter Webb
Publisher: Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, cop. 2016.
Dissertation: Texte remanié de : Ph.D. thesis : Histoire : University of London : 2014.
Edition/Format:   Thesis/dissertation : Thesis/dissertation : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Who are the Arabs ? When did people begin calling themselves Arabs ? And what was the Arabs' role in the rise of Islam ? Investigating these core questions about Arab identity and history through close interpretation of pre-Islamic evidence and the extensive Arabic literary corpus in tandem with theories of identity and ethnicity prompts new answers to the riddle of Arab origins and fundamental reinterpretations of  Read more...
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Material Type: Thesis/dissertation
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Webb
ISBN: 9781474408264 1474408265
OCLC Number: 975364001
Notes: Information sur la thèse trouvée à l'adresse.
Description: 1 vol. (IX-403 p.) ; 25 cm.
Responsibility: Peter Webb.

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Investigating the core questions about Arab identity and history, this book tackles the time-honoured stereotypes that depict Arabs as ancient Arabian Bedouin, and reveals the stories to be a myth:  Read more...

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