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The Jafnids and History in East and West

Greg Fisher

in Between Empires

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780199599271
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191724992 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199599271.003.0006

Series: Oxford Classical Monographs

The Jafnids and History in East and West

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This chapter concludes the study and draws the different aspects — political, cultural, linguistic, and religious — together. It assess the place of the Jafnids and Nasrids in the history of Late Antiquity and, also, in wider historical schema, such as state‐tribe relationships in the 18th and 19th centuries, and in terms of the strands of continuity which linked together the late antique Near East and the early medieval world of the Islamic caliphate. It argues that the Arab groups discussed throughout shed new light on the very important role played by the two major empires — Rome and Sasanian Iran — in affecting concepts of identity for the Arabs, providing another way by which we can see the Muslim invasions of the 7th century as a continuation of pre‐existing processes. Finally, it suggests avenues for future study and ways, going forward, to think about the role and place of Arabs in world history.

Keywords: Late Antiquity; continuity; change; Islam; state‐tribe relationships; Arab identity

Chapter.  8380 words. 

Subjects: Classical History

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