Arab-Byzantine Coins: An Introduction, with a Catalogue of the Dumbarton Oaks Collection

Arab-Byzantine Coins: An Introduction, with a Catalogue of the Dumbarton Oaks Collection

by Clive Foss

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Overview

This illustrated handbook presents a concise history of the development of the coinage of the early Arab caliphate in the seventh century, tracing its transition from coins that closely resembled Byzantine issues with imperial images to purely aniconic specimens with inscriptions in Arabic. This so-called “Arab-Byzantine series” sheds light on a pivotal period in the history of Syria, Palestine, and Egypt, as formerly Byzantine provinces were slowly Arabicized and Islamicized following the Arab conquests of the 630s and 640s. The historical introduction, which includes descriptions of all the basic types, is followed by a summary catalogue of the recently acquired collection of Arab-Byzantine coins at Dumbarton Oaks.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780884023180
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 02/28/2009
Series: Dumbarton Oaks Byzantine Collection Publications , #12
Pages: 65
Sales rank: 1,205,355
Product dimensions: 7.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Clive Foss is retired from teaching history at Georgetown University.

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