By Professor Aziz Al-Azmeh

In line with epigraphic and different fabric proof in addition to extra conventional literary assets and significant overview of the wide suitable scholarship, this publication offers a complete and leading edge reconstruction of the increase of Islam as a faith and imperial polity. It reassesses the improvement of the imperial monotheism of the recent Rome, and considers the historical past of the Arabs as a vital part of overdue Antiquity, together with Arab ethnogenesis and the emergence of what used to be to turn into Muslim monotheism, related with the emergence of different monotheisms from polytheistic structures. subject matters mentioned contain the emergence and improvement of the Muhammadan polity and its new cultic deity and linked ritual, the structure of the Muslim canon, and the advance of early Islam as an imperial faith. meant largely for students of past due Antiquity, Islamic stories and the historical past of religions, the booklet opens up many novel instructions for destiny examine.

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735); of artistic criteria with the fourth and fifth centuries; of economic criteria up until the tenth century – with the rather unhelpful overall result that one might average out these termini to around 600,63 these considerations pertaining primarily to the Latin West. , now argued at book-length in Before and after Muhammad. Fowden, ‘Contextualizing’, 152 ff. 62 Smith, ‘Scripture’, 31. , 46 ff. , 300. 65 Cambridge Ancient History, 14, ‘Preface’, xix. Swain, ‘Introduction’, passim. ’, 267 ff.

Cameron, ‘A. H. M. Jones’, 234, 245. ’, 277–97. Clover and Humphreys, Tradition, 6 ff. For a review of this topic, Kazhdan and Cutler, ‘Continuity and discontinuity’, 437 ff. Again, one should be wary of succumbing to the romanticising drift of the idea of the polis as free and autonomous. In actual fact poleis formed component parts of leagues and empires and were subject to their imperatives in many ways. One should also be attentive to how the poleis were handled in the ancient sources, these including Punic Carthage and Babylon: van der Spek, ‘Babylonian city’, 57 ff.

Clover and Humphreys, Tradition, 3. 58 Clover and Humphreys, Tradition, 7, 11. Ward-Perkins, Fall of Rome. 62 Given temporal extension, this is of course no longer just Late Antiquity; but it does have sectoral merit and coherence. Other sectoral periodisations have more conventionally late antique termini. Consideration of ethnic criteria would place the end of Late Antiquity at c. 570; of linguistic and religious criteria at more or less the same time; of cultural criteria perhaps with Bede (d.

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