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History and identity in the late antique Near East [electronic resource] /
edited by Philip Wood.
imprint
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, c2013.
description
xxiii, 237 p. : map ; 25 cm.
ISBN
9780199915408 (acid-free paper)
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Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, c2013.
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9780199915408 (acid-free paper)
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contents note
Sophronius of Jerusalem and the end of roman history / Phil Booth -- Identity, philosophy, and the problem of Armenian history in the sixth century / Tara Andrews -- The chronicle of Seert and Roman ecclesiastical history in the Sasanian world / Philip Wood -- Why were the Syrians interested in Greek philosophy? / Dan King -- You are what you read: Qenneshre and the Miaphysite church in the seventh century / Jack Tannous -- The prophet's city before the prophet: Ibn Zabala (d. after 199/814) on pre-Islamic Medina / Harry Munt -- Topoi and topography in the histories of al-?ira / Adam Talib -- "The crinkly haired people of the black earth"; examining Egyptian identities in Ibn 'abd al-?akam's futu? / Hussein Omar -- Forgetting Ctesiphon: Iran's pre-Islamic past, ca. 800-1100 / Sarah Savant -- Legal knowledge and local practices under the early Abbasids / Mathiew Tillier.
general note
This volume arose out of a seminar series organised at the Classics Centre of Corpus Christi College, Oxford in 2009 and a subsequent workshop in 2010.
catalogue key
9826678
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 207-229) and index.
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Summaries
Main Description
History and Identity in the Late Antique Near East gathers together the work of distinguished historians and early career scholars with a broad range of expertise to investigate the significance of newly emerged, or recently resurrected, ethnic identities on the borders of the easternMediterranean world. It focuses on the "long late antiquity" from the eve of the Arab conquest of the Roman East to the formation of the Abbasid caliphate. The first half of the book offers papers on the Christian Orient on the cusp of the Islamic invasions. These papers discuss how Christians negotiated the end of Roman power, whether in the selective use of the patristic past to create confessional divisions or the emphasis of the sharedphilosophical legacy of the Greco-Roman world. The second half of the book considers Muslim attempts to negotiate the pasts of the conquered lands of the Near East, where the Christian histories of Hira or Egypt were used to create distinctive regional identities for Arab settlers. Like the firsthalf, this section investigates the redeployment of a shared history, this time the historical imagination of the Qu'ran and the era of the first caliphs. All the papers in the volume bring together studies of the invention of the past across traditional divides between disciplines, placing the re-assessment of the past as a central feature of the long late antiquity. As a whole, History and Identity in the Late Antique Near East represents adistinctive contribution to recent writing on late antiquity, due to its cultural breadth, its interdisciplinary focus, and its novel definition of late antiquity itself.
Main Description
History and Identity in the Late Antique Near Eastgathers together the work of distinguished historians and early career scholars with a broad range of expertise to investigate the significance of newly emerged, or recently resurrected, ethnic identities on the borders of the eastern Mediterranean world. It focuses on the "long late antiquity" from the eve of the Arab conquest of the Roman East to the formation of the Abbasid caliphate. The first half of the book offers papers on the Christian Orient on the cusp of the Islamic invasions. These papers discuss how Christians negotiated the end of Roman power, whether in the selective use of the patristic past to create confessional divisions or the emphasis of the shared philosophical legacy of the Greco-Roman world. The second half of the book considers Muslim attempts to negotiate the pasts of the conquered lands of the Near East, where the Christian histories of Hira or Egypt were used to create distinctive regional identities for Arab settlers. Like the first half, this section investigates the redeployment of a shared history, this time the historical imagination of the Qu'ran and the era of the first caliphs. All the papers in the volume bring together studies of the invention of the past across traditional divides between disciplines, placing the re-assessment of the past as a central feature of the long late antiquity. As a whole,History and Identity in the Late Antique Near Eastrepresents a distinctive contribution to recent writing on late antiquity, due to its cultural breadth, its interdisciplinary focus, and its novel definition of late antiquity itself.
Main Description
Late Antiquity has unified what in the past were disparate disciplinary, chronological, and geographical areas of study. Welcoming a wide array of methodological approaches, this book series provides a venue for the finest new scholarship on the period, ranging from the later Roman empire to the Byzantine, Sasanid, early Islamic, and early Carolingian worlds. Book jacket.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. vii
List of Contributorsp. ix
Introductionp. xi
Mapp. xxiii
Sophronius of Jerusalem and the End of Roman Historyp. 1
Identity, Philosophy, and the Problem of Armenian History in the Sixth Centuryp. 29
The Chronicle of Seert and Roman Ecclesiastical History in the Sasanian Worldp. 43
Why Were the Syrians Interested in Greek Philosophy?p. 61
You Are What You Read: Qenneshre and the Miaphysite Church in the Seventh Centuryp. 83
The Prophet's City before the Prophet: Ibn Zabala (d. after 199/814) on Pre-Islamic Medinap. 103
Topoi and Topography in the Histories of al-Hirap. 123
'The Crinkly-Haired People of the Black Earth': Examining Egyptian Identities in Ibn 'Abd al-Hakam's Futuhp. 149
Forgetting Ctesiphon: Iran's Pre-Islamic Past, c. 800-1100p. 169
Legal Knowledge and Local Practices under the Early æAbbasidsp. 187
List of Abbreviationsp. 205
Bibliographyp. 207
Indexp. 231
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