The Arabs in Antiquity

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The Arabs in Antiquity

By Jan Retso

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The history of the Arabs in antiquity from their earliest appearance around 853 BC until the first century of Islam, is described in this book. It traces the mention of people called Arabs in all relevant ancient sources and suggests a new interpretation of their history. It is suggested that the ancient Arabs were more a religious community than an ethnic group, which would explain why the designation 'Arab' could be easily adopted by the early Muslim tribes. The Arabs of antiquity thus resemble the early Islamic Arabs more than is usually assumed, both being united by common bonds of religious ideology and law.

Subject: Social Sciences -> History -> Middle Eastern History

The Arabs in Antiquity
Their History from the Assyrians to the Umayyads
1st edition
Publisher: Taylor & Francis 7/4/13
Imprint: Routledge
Language: English
Length: 704 pages

ISBN 10: 1136872892
ISBN 13: 9781136872891
Print ISBN: 9781315029535

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