The Seventh Century in the West-Syrian Chronicles

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Liverpool University Press, Jan 1, 1993 - History - 305 pages
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The Seventh Century in the West-Syrian Chronicles makes accessible to a wide public sources vital for the reconstruction of events in the first Islamic century, covering the period which ends with the unsuccessful Arab siege of Constantinople, an event which both modern historians and Syriac chronographers see as making a decisive caesura in history. The general introduction enables a newcomer to the field to establish his bearings before tackling the texts.
  

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Contents

INTRODUCTION i The confessional background
xi
ii The historical context by R H
xiv
iii The texts
xxviii
iv Chronology and Chronological tables
xxxiii
Select bibliography of WestSyrian chronicles
lix
Abbreviations brackets signs Ixiv
lxiv
PART ONE Minor WestSyrian Chronography
1
Extract from a chronicle composed about AD 640
5
A list of caliphs from the Arabic AD 724 +
49
Extract from an Account written in AD 775
51
Extract from the Chronicle ofZuqnin AD 775
53
Inscriptions of Ehnesh late eighth century
71
Extracts from two chronicles up to AD 819846
75
PART TWO Dionysius of TelMahre Secular History introduction
85
Concordance of the contents
105
Extract from the Chronicle of AD 1234
111

Extract from the Melkite Chronicle AD 642 +
25
Extract from the Maronite Chronicle AD 664 +
29
Fragment of James of Edessa AD 6912
36
A list of caliphs composed after AD 705
43
A chronicle of disasters dated AD 716 tr S P B
45
PART THREE Two Apocalyptic Texts of AD 691 + by S P B
222
The Edessene Apocalyptic Fragment
243
EPILOGUE
251
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