Byzantium and the Early Islamic Conquests

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Cambridge University Press, Mar 30, 1995 - History - 313 pages
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This is a study of how and why the Byzantine empire lost many of its most valuable provinces to Islamic conquerors in the seventh century, provinces that included Syria, Palestine, Mesopotamia and Armenia. It investigates conditions on the eve of those conquests, mistakes in Byzantine policy toward the Muslims, the course of the military campaigns, and the problem of local official and civilian collaboration with the Muslims. It also seeks to explain how after some terrible losses the Byzantine government achieved some intellectual rationalization of its disasters and began the complex process of transforming and adapting its fiscal and military institutions and political controls in order to prevent further disintegration.
 

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Contents

The Byzantine Empire in an era of accelerating change
26
Difficulties in devising defenses for Syria
47
The first Muslim penetrations of Byzantine territory
66
Early tests in southern Palestine
88
the battle of JabiyaYarmuk rec
112
The brief struggle to save northern Syria and Byzantine
147
Byzantium Armenia Armenians and early Islamic con
181
Controversy and confidence in the seventhcentury crisis
205
Author and date of the antiJewish treatise
231
Bibliography
288
Index
306
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