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Author Retsö, Jan.
Title The Arabs in antiquity : their history from the Assyrians to the Umayyads / Jan Retsö.
Imprint London ; New York : RoutledgeCurzon, 2003.

Author Retsö, Jan.
Subject Arabs -- History.
Description 1 online resource (xiii, 684 pages) : maps
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 627-667) and indexes.
Contents pt. I. The remembered origins -- pt. II. The forgotten origins -- pt. III. The solution of an enigma?
Summary The history of the Arabs in antiquity from their earliest appearance around 853 BC until the first century of Islam, is described in this book. It traces the mention of people called Arabs in all relevant ancient sources and suggests a new interpretation of their history. It is suggested that the ancient Arabs were more a religious community than an ethnic group, which would explain why the designation 'Arab' could be easily adopted by the early Muslim tribes. The Arabs of antiquity thus resemble the early Islamic Arabs more than is usually assumed, both being united by common bonds of religio.
Note English.
ISBN 9781315029535 (e-book)
1315029537 (e-book)
0700716793 (hardcover)
OCLC # 857081715
Additional Format Print version: Retsö, Jan. Arabs in antiquity. London ; New York : RoutledgeCurzon, 2003 (DLC) 2002068318

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