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Morony compares conditions in late Sasanian and early Islamic Iraq in the seventh century AD and depicts both the emergence of a local form of Islamic society, and the interaction of Muslim conquerors from Arabia with the native population.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
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SKU (ISBN): 1-59333-315-3
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Publication Status: In Print

Publication Date: Mar 8,2006
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 732
Language: English
ISBN: 1-59333-315-3
$262.00
$157.20

Historians identify the Muslim conquest of the various ancient lands around the Fertile Crescent as the watershed between ancient and medieval civilization in that region. When so doing, maintains Michael Morony, they have underestimated the extent to which ancient civilization continued to develop. Contributing to our understanding of the nature of historical continuity and change, Professor Morony compares conditions in late Sasanian and early Islamic Iraq in the seventh century A.D., and depicts both the emergence of a local form of Islamic society and the interaction of Muslim conquerors from Arabia with the native population.

"An important new interpretation. Morony is the first to use the total array of sources available, and this gives him an immensely wider viewpoint than that of Islamic historians who focus entirely on Arabic."--Richard Bulliet, Columbia University

Historians identify the Muslim conquest of the various ancient lands around the Fertile Crescent as the watershed between ancient and medieval civilization in that region. When so doing, maintains Michael Morony, they have underestimated the extent to which ancient civilization continued to develop. Contributing to our understanding of the nature of historical continuity and change, Professor Morony compares conditions in late Sasanian and early Islamic Iraq in the seventh century A.D., and depicts both the emergence of a local form of Islamic society and the interaction of Muslim conquerors from Arabia with the native population.

"An important new interpretation. Morony is the first to use the total array of sources available, and this gives him an immensely wider viewpoint than that of Islamic historians who focus entirely on Arabic."--Richard Bulliet, Columbia University

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Michael Morony

  • List of Illustrations
  • Abbreviations
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction: The Question of Continuity
  • Part I: Administration
  • 1. Aramaeans
  • 2. Taxes
  • 3. Adminstrative Geography
  • Part II: People
  • 4. Aramaeans
  • 5. Persians
  • 6. Arabs: Natives
  • 7. Arabs: Immigrants
  • 8. Arabs: Assimilation and Social Change
  • 9. Other Ethnic Groups
  • Part III: Religious Communities
  • 10. Magi
  • 11. Jews
  • 12. Christians
  • 13. Pagans and Gnostics
  • Muslims: The Formation of the Community
  • Muslims: Doctrines of Authority and Rebellion
  • Conclusion: The Nature of Continuity
  • Glossary
  • Resources
  • Index
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