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By Greg Fisher

Arabs and Empires earlier than Islam illuminates the background of the Arabs sooner than the emergence of Islam, collating approximately 200 and fifty translated extracts from an in depth array of historic assets. Drawn from a extensive interval among the 8th century BC and the center a while, the resources comprise texts written in Greek, Latin, Syriac, Persian, and Arabic, inscriptions in a number of languages and alphabets, and discussions of archaeological websites from around the close to East. greater than twenty foreign specialists from the fields of archaeology, classics and old background, linguistics and philology, epigraphy, and paintings background, offer targeted statement and research in this various number of fabric.

Richly-illustrated with 16 color plates, fifteen maps, and over seventy in-text photos, the quantity presents a complete, wide-ranging, and up to date exam of what historical resources needed to say concerning the politics, tradition, and faith of the Arabs within the pre-Islamic interval. It bargains a whole attention of the lines which the Arabs have left within the epigraphic, literary, and archaeological documents, and sheds gentle on their courting with their usually more-powerful neighbours: the states and empires of the traditional close to East. Arabs and Empires ahead of Islam gathers jointly a bunch of fabric by no means earlier than accumulated right into a unmarried quantity - a few of which appears to be like in English translation for the first actual time - and gives a unmarried element of reference for a colourful and dynamic zone of research.

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S¹lm / w z 5. dwd / hw 6. dqw / h-ġ 7. lm / s¹lm / h8. [m]ṯ lt / l 9. ḏ ġbt 10. f rd y . . ˙ 17 The inscription is at present unpublished. I am most grateful to Professor ʿAlī Al-Ghabbān, Vice-President for Antiquities and Museums of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities, for this information.

Photograph by Christian Julien Robin. OUP CORRECTED PROOF – FINAL, 16/7/2015, SPi Plate 6. The entrance to the wādī Murayghān (230 km north of Najrān, in the south-west of Saudi Arabia). 24 is written. 23 written high up on a rock on the left bank of the wādī. Photograph by Christian Julien Robin. OUP CORRECTED PROOF – FINAL, 16/7/2015, SPi Plate 7. 30). The text reads: ‘Oh Eretha son of Al-Aretha’, from Piccirillo 2002b: 201. # Studium Biblicum Franciscanum, Jerusalem. OUP CORRECTED PROOF – FINAL, 16/7/2015, SPi OUP CORRECTED PROOF – FINAL, 16/7/2015, SPi Plate 8.

Photograph by Christian Julien Robin. OUP CORRECTED PROOF – FINAL, 16/7/2015, SPi Plate 4. 26). The northern sluice controlled the waters irrigating the north of the oasis. Photograph by Christian Julien Robin. OUP CORRECTED PROOF – FINAL, 16/7/2015, SPi Plate 5. The valley of Maʾsal al-Jumh ̣ (205 km west of Riyadh). 14 are engraved higher up (on a rock on the left bank of the valley) at the foot of the cliff from which the photograph is taken. Photograph by Christian Julien Robin. OUP CORRECTED PROOF – FINAL, 16/7/2015, SPi Plate 6.

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