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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): 978-1-59333-315-7
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Publication Status: In Print

Publication Date: Jan 14,2015
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 726
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-59333-315-7
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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

  • Preface to the Second Edition (page 5)
  • Table of Contents (page 7)
  • List of Illustrations (page 8)
  • Abbreviations (page 9)
  • Preface (page 11)
  • Acknowledgments (page 13)
  • Introduction: The Question of Continuity (page 17)
  • Part 1: Administration (page 39)
    • 1. Administrative Theory and Practice (page 41)
    • 2. Taxes (page 113)
    • 3. Administrative Geography (page 139)
  • Part II: People (page 179)
    • 4. Aramaeans (page 183)
    • 5. Persians (page 195)
    • 6. Arabs: Natives (page 228)
    • 7. Arabs: Immigrants (page 250)
    • 8. Arabs: Assimilation and Social Change (page 268)
    • 9. Other Ethnic Groups (page 279)
  • Part III: Religious Communities (page 289)
    • 10. Magians (page 294)
    • 11. Jews (page 320)
    • 12. Christians (page 346)
    • 13. Pagans and Gnostics (page 398)
    • 14. Muslims: The Formation of the Community (page 445)
    • 15. Muslims: Doctrines of Authority and Rebellion (page 481)
  • Conclusion: The Nature of Continuity (page 521)
  • Glossary (page 541)
  • Resources (page 551)
  • Index (page 669)
  • Author Index (page 705)
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