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In keeping with epigraphic and different fabric facts in addition to extra conventional literary resources and significant assessment of the wide suitable scholarship, this booklet provides a finished and leading edge reconstruction of the increase of Islam as a faith and imperial polity. It reassesses the improvement of the imperial monotheism of the hot Rome, and considers the heritage of the Arabs as a vital part of overdue Antiquity, together with Arab ethnogenesis and the emergence of what used to be to develop into Muslim monotheism, related with the emergence of alternative monotheisms from polytheistic structures. issues mentioned contain the emergence and improvement of the Muhammadan polity and its new cultic deity and linked ritual, the structure of the Muslim canon, and the advance of early Islam as an imperial faith. meant mostly for students of past due Antiquity, Islamic experiences and the background of religions, the booklet opens up many novel instructions for destiny learn.
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56 Stroumsa, Sacrifice, 24. Clover and Humphreys, Tradition, 3. 58 Clover and Humphreys, Tradition, 7, 11. Ward-Perkins, Fall of Rome. 62 Given temporal extension, this is of course no longer just Late Antiquity; but it does have sectoral merit and coherence. Other sectoral periodisations have more conventionally late antique termini. Consideration of ethnic criteria would place the end of Late Antiquity at c. 570; of linguistic and religious criteria at more or less the same time; of cultural criteria perhaps with Bede (d.
2). Brown (‘World of Late Antiquity’, 12–13) discusses Jones’ view that the western empire ‘paid the price for having to become a Latin Byzantium’. Schwab, Oriental Renaissance, 473. Cf. ), who sees in the stress on the Orient in Late Antiquity scholarship a situation where space seems to determine time, a matter that goes contrary to ancient periodisations (still very present in the literature) based upon ethnic or local criteria. Cameron, Mediterranean, 28. , 159). Fowden, Empire to Commonwealth, 81.
90 The extension of universal history in a 87 88 89 90 Horden and Purcell, Corrupting Sea, 13, 25, 54 and ch. 3, passim. See the discussion of Baldry, Unity of Mankind, 169 ff. , and ch. 4, passim (quotation at 216). , 159. , and passim. This is an incongruity that I cannot understand; interpretation in terms of haughty Roman provincialism does not seem to outweigh its practical and symbolic generalisation, nor does it appear that the administrative mechanisms and areas of utility for its empire-wide use were lacking.