Money, Power and Politics in Early Islamic Syria: A Review of Current Debates

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The transformation of the eastern provinces of the Roman empire from the middle of the seventh century CE under the impact of Islam has attracted a good deal of scholarly attention in recent years, and as more archaeological material becomes available, has been subject to revision and rethinking in ways that radically affect what we know or understand about the area, about state-building and the economy and society of the early Islamic world, and about issues such as urbanisation, town-country relations, the ways...

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Overview

The transformation of the eastern provinces of the Roman empire from the middle of the seventh century CE under the impact of Islam has attracted a good deal of scholarly attention in recent years, and as more archaeological material becomes available, has been subject to revision and rethinking in ways that radically affect what we know or understand about the area, about state-building and the economy and society of the early Islamic world, and about issues such as urbanisation, town-country relations, the ways in which a different religious culture impacted on the built environment, and about politics. This volume represents the fruits of a workshop held at Princeton University in May 2007 to discuss the ways in which recent work has affected our understanding of the nature of economic and exchange activity in particular, and the broader implications of these advances for the history of the region.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780754668497
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 8/1/2010
  • Pages: 226
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Maps, Figures and Charts

List of Abbreviations

List of Contributors

Preface

Acknowledgments

Introduction: Greater Syria in the Seventh Century: Context and Background 1

1 Coinage and the Economy of Syria-Palestine in the Seventh and Eighth Centuries CE John Haldon Haldon, John 21

2 Christian Communities in Early Islamic Syria and Northern Jazira: the Dynamics of Adaptation Alan Walmsley Walmsley, Alan 45

3 Administering the Early Islamic Empire: Insights from the Papyri R. Stephen Humphreys Humphreys, R. Stephen 57

4 Mu'awiya's State Arietta Papaconstantinou Papaconstantinou, Arietta 75

5 First Century Islamic Currency: Mastering the Message from the Money Clive Foss Foss, Clive 97

6 Abd al-Malik's Monetary Reform in Copper and the Failure of Centralization Gene W. Heck Heck, Gene W. 125

7 Early Islamic Urbanism and Building Activity in Jerusalem and at Hammath Gader Lutz Ilisch Ilisch, Lutz 147

8 Late Antique Legacies and Muslim Economic Expansion Jodi Magness Magness, Jodi 165

9 Syrian Elites from Byzantium to Islam: Survival or Extinction? Jairus Banaji Banaji, Jairus 181

Index Hugh Kennedy Kennedy, Hugh 201

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