“From Polis to Madina” Revisited – Urban Change in Byzantine and early Islamic Palestine*

@article{Avni2011FromPT,
  title={“From Polis to Madina” Revisited – Urban Change in Byzantine and early Islamic Palestine*},
  author={G. Avni},
  journal={Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society},
  year={2011},
  volume={21},
  pages={301 - 329}
}
  • G. Avni
  • Published 2011
  • History
  • Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society
The transformation of cities in the Byzantine and early Islamic Near East was discussed by a number of scholars in the last century. Many of them adopted a traditional approach, claiming that the Islamic conquest caused the total collapse of large classical cities, turning them into small medieval towns. The urban landscape was changed dramatically, with the large colonnaded streets of the classical Polis transformed into the narrow allies of the Islamic Madina. 
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