• Publications
  • Influence
La civilisation urbaine qui, en Occident, s'est effondree sous les coups des invasions barbares, a continue a s'epanouir en Orient, mais en subissant des changements qui, en plusieurs siecles,
The Great Arab Conquests: How the Spread of Islam Changed the World We Live In
Todays Arab world was created at breathtaking speed. In just over one hundred years following the death of Mohammed in 632, Arabs had subjugated a territory with an east-west expanse greater than the
The Prophet and the Age of the Caliphates: The Islamic Near East from the Sixth to the Eleventh Century
1:The matrix of the Muslim world: the near East in the early seventh century 2: The Birth of the Islamic State 3: Conquest and division in the time of the Rashidun Caliphs 4: The Umayyad Caliphate 5:
The Byzantine and Early Islamic Near East
Contents: Preface From Polis to Madina: urban change in late Antique and early Islamic Syria The last century of Byzantine Syria: a reinterpretation Gerasa and Scythopolis: power and patronage in the
Monuments of Merv: Traditional Buildings of the Karakum
Archaeological research and ancient records have been combined in this work to provide a comprehensive account of the buildings of Merv, an oasis city in the middle of the Turkmenistani desert.
Egypt as a province in the Islamic caliphate, 641–868
The Muslim conquest of Egypt followed naturally from that of Syria. In the aftermath of the final Byzantine surrender of Alexandria in 22/642, the most important decision facing ‘Amr was the
Warfare and poetry in the Middle East
List of Contributors Preface Introduction by Hugh Kennedy 1 'O City Set Up Thy Lament': Poetic Responses to the Trauma of War (Stefan Sperl) 2 The Poem of Erra and Ishum: A Babylonian Poet's View of
The Feeding of the five Hundred Thousand: Cities and Agriculture in Early Islamic Mesopotamia
This paper discusses the impact of the foundation of major cities in Mesopotamia in the early Islamic period (c. 636-900 CE) and their impact on the agricultural economy and rural settlement in the
From Shahristan to Medina
Twenty years ago, in 1985,1 published an article entitled "From Polis to Medina".2 The purpose of the article was to examine the way in which the classical polis of the Near East evolved into the