The Arabs in Antiquity: Their History from the Assyrians to the Umayyads

The Arabs in Antiquity: Their History from the Assyrians to the Umayyads by Jan Retso 0415760038 9780415760034
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The history of the Arabs in antiquity from their earliest appearance around 853 BC until the first century of Islam, is described in this book. It traces the mention of people called Arabs in all relevant ancient sources and suggests a new interpretation of their history. It is suggested that the ancient Arabs were more a religious community than an ethnic group, which would explain why the designation 'Arab' could be easily adopted by the early Muslim tribes. The Arabs of antiquity thus resemble the early Islamic Arabs more than is usually assumed, both being united by common bonds of religious ideology and law.      

Author: Jan Retso

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 704

Publisher: Routledge

Publication Date: 2014-05-19


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