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Narrative and Early Islamic History

Nancy Khalek

in Damascus after the Muslim Conquest: Text and Image in Early Islam

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199736515
eISBN:
9780199918614
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199736515.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Islam

This chapter introduces some of the traditional methodological and historiographical challenges to the social and cultural history of Late Antique and early Islamic Syria. It proposes a new approach ... More


Arabness from the Qur’an to an Ethnos

Peter Webb

in Imagining the Arabs: Arab Identity and the Rise of Islam

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9781474408264
eISBN:
9781474421867
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474408264.003.0004
Subject:
Anthropology, Middle Eastern Cultural Anthropology

Pursuing the references to ‘Arabs’ in the Islamic-era poetry examined in Chapter 2, this chapter explores the processes by which Arab identity developed as a new form of community in early Islam. ... More


Damascus after the Muslim Conquest: Text and Image in Early Islam

Nancy Khalek

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199736515
eISBN:
9780199918614
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199736515.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Islam

This book is a study of Islamic identity in Damascus, Syria, from its fall to Muslim armies in 635–6 ad until the end of its tenure as the capital of the Islamic Empire in 750. It discusses the shift ... More


Empires of Faith: The Fall of Rome to the Rise of Islam, 500-700

Peter Sarris

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199261260
eISBN:
9780191730962
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199261260.001.0001
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

Drawing upon the latest historical and archaeological research, this work provides a panoramic account of the history of Europe, the Mediterranean and the Near East from the Fall of Rome to the Rise ... More


Attitudes to the Use of Fire in Executions in Late Antiquity and Early Islam: The Burning of Heretics and Rebels in Late Umayyad Iraq

Andrew Marsham

in Violence in Islamic Thought from the Qur'an to the Mongols

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780748694235
eISBN:
9781474412292
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748694235.003.0007
Subject:
Society and Culture, Middle Eastern Studies

Capital punishment can be understood as simultaneously an exercise of actual power – the ending of a human life – and an exertion of symbolic, or ritual, power.1 In this combination of symbolic ... More


‘Great Men’, Churchmen, and the Others: Forms of Authority in the Villages of the Umayyad Period

Arietta Papaconstantinou

in Village Institutions in Egypt in the Roman to Early Arab Periods

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780197266779
eISBN:
9780191916069
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197266779.003.0012
Subject:
Sociology, Urban and Rural Studies

This article argues that in the early period after the Arab conquest, the primary communal self-ascription of the rural Christian population was to their village communities, and that authority was ... More


Why Dreams Mattered in Late Antiquity

Bronwen Neil

in Dreams and Divination from Byzantium to Baghdad, 400-1000 CE

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
December 2020
ISBN:
9780198871149
eISBN:
9780191914171
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198871149.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity, Islam

The introductory chapter outlines the standard methods of approach that have been adopted in post-Foucauldian scholarship on dreams and their cultural importance. It reviews the history of recent ... More


Genoa’s Past

Steven A. Epstein

in The Talents of Jacopo da Varagine: A Genoese Mind in Medieval Europe

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9781501700507
eISBN:
9781501703614
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501700507.003.0005
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

This chapter analyzes Jacopo de Varagine's chronicle of Genoese history. He concluded the saints' lives in the Golden Legend with an entry on Pope Pelagius I (556–61). This entry has almost nothing ... More


Power, Patronage, and Memory in Early Islam: Perspectives on Umayyad Elites

Alain George and Andrew Marsham (eds)

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
December 2017
ISBN:
9780190498931
eISBN:
9780190498955
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190498931.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Archaeology: Non-Classical

The Umayyads, the first Islamic dynasty, ruled over the largest empire that the world had seen, stretching from Spain in the west to the Indus Valley and Central Asia in the east. They played a ... More


Epilogue: Why Dreams Still Matter

Bronwen Neil

in Dreams and Divination from Byzantium to Baghdad, 400-1000 CE

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
December 2020
ISBN:
9780198871149
eISBN:
9780191914171
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198871149.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity, Islam

The epilogue draws out the common threads in all three traditions—Byzantine Christianity, rabbinic Judaism, and early Islam—and shows how they survive in the contemporary world. In political ... More


Khanāṣira and Andarı̄n (Northern Syria) in the Umayyad Period and a New Arabic Tax Document

Robert G. Hoyland

in Power, Patronage, and Memory in Early Islam: Perspectives on Umayyad Elites

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
December 2017
ISBN:
9780190498931
eISBN:
9780190498955
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190498931.003.0005
Subject:
Classical Studies, Archaeology: Non-Classical

This chapter provides the first edition and translation of an early eighth-century documentary text on marble found in the course of excavations at the Late Antique/early Islamic town of Andarīn in ... More


Women Exemplars for an Emerging Polity

Celene Ibrahim

in Women and Gender in the Qur'an

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780190063818
eISBN:
9780190063849
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190063818.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Islam, Theology

This chapter analyzes how female figures relate to events in the nascent Muslim polity—in its emerging theological discourses, its normative social practices, and its encounters with other ... More


Jefferson's Muslim Fugitives: The Lost Story of Enslaved Africans, their Arabic Letters, and an American President

Jeffrey Einboden

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
March 2020
ISBN:
9780190844479
eISBN:
9780190063917
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190844479.001.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

On October 3, 1807, Thomas Jefferson was contacted by an unknown traveler from the American frontier, who urgently requested a private “interview” with the President, promising to disclose “a matter ... More


Two Possible Caliphal Representations from Qaṣr al-Ḥayr al-Sharqı̄ and Their Implication for the History of the Site

Denis Genequand

in Power, Patronage, and Memory in Early Islam: Perspectives on Umayyad Elites

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
December 2017
ISBN:
9780190498931
eISBN:
9780190498955
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190498931.003.0006
Subject:
Classical Studies, Archaeology: Non-Classical

Qaṣr al-Ḥayr al-Sharqī was founded as a madīna by caliph Hishām ibn ʿAbd al-Malik. It is one of the largest Umayyad aristocratic settlements of the Syrian Steppe. Between 2002 and 2011, extensive ... More


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