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Witnesses to a World Crisis: Historians and Histories of the Middle East in the Seventh Century
     

Witnesses to a World Crisis: Historians and Histories of the Middle East in the Seventh Century

by James Howard-Johnston
 

ISBN-10: 0199694990

ISBN-13: 9780199694990

Pub. Date: 09/05/2011

Publisher: Oxford University Press

James Howard-Johnston provides a sweeping and highly readable account of probably the most dramatic single episode in world history - the emergence of a new religion (Islam), the destruction of two established great powers (Roman and Iranian), and the creation of a new world empire by the Arabs, all in the space of not much more than a generation (610-52 AD).

Overview

James Howard-Johnston provides a sweeping and highly readable account of probably the most dramatic single episode in world history - the emergence of a new religion (Islam), the destruction of two established great powers (Roman and Iranian), and the creation of a new world empire by the Arabs, all in the space of not much more than a generation (610-52 AD). Warfare looms large, especially where operations can be followed in some detail, as in Iraq 636-40, in Egypt 641-2 and in the long-drawn out battle for the Mediterranean (649-98). As the first history of the formative phase of Islam to be grounded in the important non-Islamic as well as Islamic sources Witnesses to a World Crisis is essential reading for anyone wanting to understand Islam as a religion and political force, the modern Middle East, and the jihadist impulse, which is as evident today as it was in the seventh century.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199694990
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
09/05/2011
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
612
Sales rank:
930,045
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents

1. George of Pisidia
2. Two Universal Chronicles
3. Seventh-Century Eastern Sources I: The History of Khosrov
4. Seventh-Century Eastern Sources II: The History to the Year 682 and the Khuzistan Chronicle
5. Supplementary Roman Sources of the Seventh Century I
6. Supplementary Roman Sources of the Seventh Century II
7. Later Historians: The West Syrian Tradition
8. Later Historians: Nicephorus
9. Later Historians: Theophanes
10. Later Historians at Work in Egypt, Iraq, and Iran
11. Early Islamic Historical Writing
12. The Life of the Prophet
13. Historians of the Middle East in the Seventh Century
14. The Middle East in the Seventh Century: The Great Powers, Arabia, and the Prophet
15. The Middle East in the Seventh Century: Arab Conquests
16. The Middle East in the Seventh Century: A New World Order
Conclusion

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