Empires in Collision in Late Antiquity

Empires in Collision in Late Antiquity

eBook - 2012
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University Press of New England
In this book, based on lectures delivered at the Historical Society of Israel, the famed historian G. W. Bowersock presents a searching examination of political developments in the Arabian Peninsula on the eve of the rise of Islam. Recounting the growth of Christian Ethiopia and the conflict with Jewish Arabia, he describes the fall of Jerusalem at the hands of a late resurgent Sassanian (Persian) Empire. He concludes by underscoring the importance of the Byzantine Empire’s defeat of the Sassanian forces, which destabilized the region and thus provided the opportunity for the rise and military success of Islam in the seventh century. Using close readings of surviving texts, Bowersock sheds new light on the complex causal relationships among the Byzantine, Ethiopian, Persian, and emerging Islamic forces.

Political and military developments in the Arabian Peninsula on the eve of Islam

Publisher: Waltham, Mass. : Brandeis University Press, 2012
ISBN: 9781611683226
161168322X
9781283847728
1283847728
9781611683202
1611683203
9781611683219
1611683211
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xix, 95 pages) : illustrations
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