Arabs and empires before islam edited by greg fisher the only volume to provide a rich and detailed anthology of sources for the history of arabs in the near east and middle east in the pre islamic period. The most recent detailed study of pre islamic arabia is arabs and empires before islam published by oxford university press in 2015 this book collects a diverse range of ancient texts and inscriptions for the history especially of the northern region during this time period. Arabs and empires before islam illuminates the history of the arabs before the emergence of islam collating nearly 250 translated extracts from an extensive array of ancient sources drawn from a broad period between the eighth century bc and the middle ages the sources include texts originally written in greek latin syriac persian and arabic inscriptions in a variety of languages and . The arabs before islam a rich exotic history the resulting arab empire and the creation of the caliphate first in damascus and then baghdad is described by drawing on a wide range of . Before islam the arabs had played only a marginal role in the history of the middle east and they would have remained forever a nation of animists and shepherds if muhammad may god bless him and his ahlul bait had not provided them the focus and the stimulus that welded their scattered nomadic tribes into a purposeful driving force
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