Byzantium and the Arabs in the Sixth Century

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Dumbarton Oaks, Jan 1, 2002 - History - 468 pages
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Byzantium and the Arabs in the Sixth Century is devoted to frontier studies and to the structures of the Arab federates of Byzantium. It deals mainly with the Ghassanids of Oriens in the sixth century, a time of transition from Late Antiquity to the Middle Ages. The focus of this study is on the military, religious, and civil structures of the Ghassanids. The detailed study of these buildings contributes to our understanding of Byzantine provincial art and architecture in Oriens, as they were adopted by the federate Arabs and later adapted to their own use. As monuments of Christian architecture, these federate structures constitute the missing link in the development of Arab architecture in the region--the link between the earlier pagan (Nabataean and Palmyrene) and later Muslim (Umayyad).
  

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Contents

The Federate Sedentary Presence
1
Hydrographic Observations on the Rhomaic and
15
IV
19
Frontier Studies
21
The Ghassanid Takeover
35
The Two Shields
51
Ghassanid Military Structures and Arabic Military Terms
60
The Battle of Daras
66
The Sources A Poets I Introduction
220
AlNabigha
221
Hassan
232
Hatim
246
Imru alQays
259
AlMutalammis
265
Amr ibn Kulthum
268
AlAsha
272

Historical Geography
76
Holy Land Holy Mountain
86
Jabiya
96
Jalliq
105
RusafaSergiopolis
115
SaluqiyaSeleucia
133
The Churches and the Monasteries I Introduction
143
The Churches
148
List of Attested Churches
149
The Sources on the Monasteries
156
Arab Monasticism
164
The Ghassanids and Monasticism
171
Theodore Bishop of the Ghassanids ca 540ca 570
176
List of Ghassanid Monasteries
183
Nunneries
195
Ghassanid Monastic Structures
201
Influences
213
Two Monasteries
216
Ghutat Dimashq
218
Labld
278
A Triplet on the Plague
280
Qasr Duma and Sawa alHaykal
283
Jahiz and alHamadani on Hassans Ghassanid Odes
287
Hassan in Recent Scholarship
291
The Ghassanid Presence in Palaestina Tertia
303
Additional Toponyms
304
Theodor Noldeke and Julius Wellhausen on Labid
305
Prose Writers
306
Yaqut
341
Late Arabic Sources
351
Akhbdr Muluk Ghassan
364
Epilogues
375
Abbasid Caliphs and Lakhmid Hlra
392
Addenda
405
Maps
419
Index
457
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Shahid is Sultanate of Oman Professor of Arabic and Islamic Literature at Georgetown University.

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