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By Greg Fisher

In among Empires Greg Fisher tackles the matter of pre-Islamic Arab id by way of studying the connection among the Roman Empire and the Empire of Sasanian Iran, and a variety in their Arab allies and neighbours, the Jafnids, Nasrids, and Hujrids. Fisher makes a speciality of the final century earlier than the emergence of Islam and stresses the significance of a close to East ruled by means of Rome and Iran for the formation of early thoughts of Arab identification. particularly, he examines cultural and spiritual integration, political actions, and the function performed via Arabic as elements during this procedure. He concludes that interface with the Roman Empire, specifically, performed a key function in supporting to put the basis for later options of Arab identification, and that the realm of past due Antiquity is, consequently, of tolerating curiosity in our knowing of what we now name the center East.

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85 The Sasanians proved dangerous and formidable enemies. 1–2; Blockley, East Roman Foreign Policy, 101–2. 3. Isaac, Limits, 19–53; Dignas and Winter, Rome and Persia in Late Antiquity, 56–8. 85 Strata: J. W. ), Shifting Frontiers, 72–82; M. Konrad, ‘Research on the Roman and early Byzantine frontier in North Syria’, JRA 12 (1999), 392–410. On the fortifications of the limes Arabicus, Parker, Romans and Saracens; D. Kennedy, The Roman Army in Jordan (London, 2004), cities, Isaac, Limits, 252–60, although it is important to note the variety in purpose of such installations, most notably discussed by Isaac, Limits; see too G.

There is also a corpus of south Arabian inscriptions, collected and analysed by Ryckmans, Robin, and others. A small number of these offer some insight into the activities of the Hujrids in north and central Arabia. A particular ˙ problem with interpreting inscriptions is trying to assess the weight we should give to certain elements—for example, in Chapter 4, one of the key difficulties of analysing the inscriptions where Greek and Arabic appear side by side is to assess what exactly only several lines of Arabic can reveal about the identity of those who paid for the inscription.

A small number of these offer some insight into the activities of the Hujrids in north and central Arabia. A particular ˙ problem with interpreting inscriptions is trying to assess the weight we should give to certain elements—for example, in Chapter 4, one of the key difficulties of analysing the inscriptions where Greek and Arabic appear side by side is to assess what exactly only several lines of Arabic can reveal about the identity of those who paid for the inscription. On work at al-Hīrah, see the discussion in Ch.

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