Byzantium and the Arabs in the Sixth Century, Volume 2, Part 2

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Harvard University Press, 1995 - Arabs - 391 pages
This fourth installment of Byzantium and the Arabs in the Sixth Century resumes the previous volume's discussion of the Ghassanids by examining their economic, social, and cultural history. First, Irfan ShahÓd focuses on the economy of the Ghassanids and presents information on various trade routes and fairs. Second, the author reconstructs Ghassanid daily life by discussing topics as varied as music, food, medicine, the role of women, and horse racing. ShahÓd concludes the volume with an examination of cultural life, including descriptions of urbanization, Arabic script, chivalry, and poetry. Throughout the volume, the author reveals the history of a fully developed and unique Christian-Arab culture. ShahÓd exhaustively describes the society of the Ghassanids, and their contributions to the cultural environment that persisted in Oriens during the sixth century and continued into the period of the Umayyad caliphate.
 

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Contents

The Role of the Ghassanids
3
The Ghassanids and International Trade Routes
10
The Fairs
33
The Ghassanids as Tax Collectors
41
The Wealth of Arabia
47
A Background
61
The Women of Ghassan
81
B Daily Life
127
The Ghassanid Limitrophe
261
The Ghassanid Sedentary Presence
268
Architecture and Decorative Art
277
The Monastery as a Cultural Center
291
The Birth of an Ideal
303
The Poets
326
The Ghassanid Identity
338
Addenda et Corrigenda
347

Rituals Entertainment and Leisure Activities
182
The Horse
230
The Hunt
238

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About the author (1995)

Irfan Shahicirc;d is Oman Professor Emeritus of Arabic and Islamic Literature at Georgetown University .

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