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Arabs and Empires earlier than Islam illuminates the background of the Arabs sooner than the emergence of Islam, collating approximately 2 hundred and fifty translated extracts from an intensive array of historic resources. Drawn from a huge interval among the 8th century BC and the center a long time, the assets comprise texts written in Greek, Latin, Syriac, Persian, and Arabic, inscriptions in numerous languages and alphabets, and discussions of archaeological websites from around the close to East. greater than twenty overseas specialists from the fields of archaeology, classics and historic background, linguistics and philology, epigraphy, and paintings heritage, offer specific statement and research in this assorted collection of fabric.

Richly-illustrated with 16 color plates, fifteen maps, and over seventy in-text pictures, the quantity offers a entire, wide-ranging, and up to date exam of what historical assets needed to say in regards to the politics, tradition, and faith of the Arabs within the pre-Islamic interval. It deals a whole attention of the strains which the Arabs have left within the epigraphic, literary, and archaeological files, and sheds mild on their dating with their frequently more-powerful neighbours: the states and empires of the traditional close to East. Arabs and Empires prior to Islam gathers jointly a bunch of fabric by no means ahead of amassed right into a unmarried quantity - a few of which seems to be in English translation for the first actual time - and gives a unmarried element of reference for a colourful and dynamic region of research.

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OUP CORRECTED PROOF – FINAL, 16/7/2015, SPi OUP CORRECTED PROOF – FINAL, 16/7/2015, SPi Plate 8. General view of the south church in Nitl, from Piccirillo 2002b: 214. # Studium Biblicum Franciscanum, Jerusalem. Plate 9. 31) indicating the church, in 2010. Photograph by Stafford Smith, APAAME_20101002_SES-0266. # Aerial Photographic Archive for Archaeology in the Middle East. OUP CORRECTED PROOF – FINAL, 16/7/2015, SPi OUP CORRECTED PROOF – FINAL, 16/7/2015, SPi Plate 10. 23). Photograph by Greg Fisher.

20 While often very different in terms of their characteristics, it is thus misleading to always see nomads and settlers, tribes and states, as diametric opposites. In this volume, the terms tribe, state, and nomad are retained as common and convenient labels, but should be understood within the framework of this brief discussion. ). These names are known mostly from sources post-dating ˙ the emergence of Islam (Ch. 8), although there are occasional earlier references (Chs 1–3). In recent scholarship the terms ‘Jafnid’ and ‘Nasrid’ have emerged as a shorthand to describe the leaders of Ghassān and˙ Lakhm, respectively; thus the ‘Ghassānid’ and ‘Lakhmid’ leaders of older scholarship have now become ‘Jafnid’ and ‘Nasrid’ leaders.

I am most grateful to Professor ʿAlī Al-Ghabbān, Vice-President for Antiquities and Museums of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities, for this information.

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