Byzantium and Islam

Byzantium and Islam

This magnificent volume explores the epochal transformations and unexpected continuities in the Byzantine Empire from the 7th to the 9th century.

Author: Brandie Ratliff

Publisher: Metropolitan Museum of Art

ISBN: 9781588394576

Category: Art, Byzantine

Page: 332

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This magnificent volume explores the epochal transformations and unexpected continuities in the Byzantine Empire from the 7th to the 9th century. At the beginning of the 7th century, the Empire's southern provinces, the vibrant, diverse areas of North Africa and the eastern Mediterranean, were at the crossroads of exchanges reaching from Spain to China. These regions experienced historic upheavals when their Christian and Jewish communities encountered the emerging Islamic world, and by the 9th century, an unprecedented cross- fertilization of cultures had taken place. This extraordinary age is brought vividly to life in insightful contributions by leading international scholars, accompanied by sumptuous illustrations of the period's most notable arts and artifacts. Resplendent images of authority, religion, and trade{u2014}embodied in precious metals, brilliant textiles, fine ivories, elaborate mosaics, manuscripts, and icons, many of them never before published{u2014} highlight the dynamic dialogue between the rich array of Byzantine styles and the newly forming Islamic aesthetic. With its masterful exploration of two centuries that would shape the emerging medieval world, this illuminating publication provides a unique interpretation of a period that still resonates today.
Categories: Art, Byzantine

Age of Transition

Age of Transition

Building on the groundbreaking 2012 exhibition “Byzantium and Islam: Age of Transition,” which explored the transformations and continuities in the Byzantine Empire from the seventh to the ninth century, the present volume extends the ...

Author: Edward Bleiberg

Publisher: Metropolitan Museum of Art

ISBN: 9780300211115

Category: Art

Page: 159

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Building on the groundbreaking 2012 exhibition “Byzantium and Islam: Age of Transition,” which explored the transformations and continuities in the Byzantine Empire from the seventh to the ninth century, the present volume extends the exhibition catalogue’s innovative investigation of cultural interaction between Christian and Jewish communities and the world of Islam. Eleven essays by internationally distinguished scholars address such topics as the transmission of Christian imagery to the Mediterranean, icons preserved in The Holy Monastery of Saint Catherine at Sinai, interaction between Jewish communities and the Muslim world, the purposeful mutilation of figurative floor mosaics in places of worship, the evolution of classical and Byzantine motifs in a new cosmology for Muslim rulers, and interconnections in the realm of music. Each essay provides compelling evidence that the era of transition from Byzantine to Islamic rule in the eastern Mediterranean and North Africa resulted in unprecedented cultural cross-fertilization and significantly affected the development of the Mediterranean world for centuries to come.
Categories: Art

Byzantium and the Early Islamic Conquests

Byzantium and the Early Islamic Conquests

This book examines how the Byzantine Empire came to lose so much of its territory to Islamic conquerors in the seventh century.

Author: Walter E. Kaegi

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521484553

Category: History

Page: 313

View: 755

This book examines how the Byzantine Empire came to lose so much of its territory to Islamic conquerors in the seventh century.
Categories: History

Between Islam and Byzantium

Between Islam and Byzantium

The influences exerted by these external, opposing powers are a major theme in this book.

Author: Lynn Jones

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351955812

Category: History

Page: 160

View: 607

Between Islam and Byzantium provides the first complete analysis of the development of the visual expression of medieval Armenian rulership during the years 884-1045 CE. During this period, the Armenian rulers had loosened the ties that subjected them to the Arab caliphate, but by its end the Byzantine empire had instead become dominant in the region. The influences exerted by these external, opposing powers are a major theme in this book. Lynn Jones re-contextualizes the existing royal art and architecture by integrating analyses of contemporary accounts of ceremonial and royal deeds with fresh examinations of the surviving monuments, of which the church at Aght`amar, with its famous carvings, is the prime example. Setting the art and architecture of the period more clearly in its original context, the author reveals the messages these buildings, sculptures and manuscripts were intended to convey by those who created and viewed them. This study provides a new perspective on the complex interactions between a broad range of nationalities, ethnicities and religions, shedding fresh light on the nature of medieval identity. It adds to a growing literature on the eastern neighbours of Byzantium, and opens up new issues on the relationship between the Byzantine empire and the Islamic caliphate in the medieval period.
Categories: History

The Byzantine and Early Islamic Near East

The Byzantine and Early Islamic Near East

The essays in this volume deal with the history of the Middle East from c.550 to 1000 AD. There are three main themes: Syria in Late Antiquity and the changes and continuities with the early Islamic period; relations between Muslims and the ...

Author: Hugh N. Kennedy

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 0754659097

Category: History

Page: 276

View: 105

The essays in this volume deal with the history of the Middle East from c.550 to 1000 AD. There are three main themes: Syria in Late Antiquity and the changes and continuities with the early Islamic period; relations between Muslims and the Byzantine Emp
Categories: History

Byzantium Viewed by the Arabs

Byzantium Viewed by the Arabs

This book studies the Arabic-Islamic view of Byzantium, tracing the Byzantine image as it evolved through centuries of warfare, contact, and exchanges.

Author: Nadia Maria El-Cheikh

Publisher: Harvard CMES

ISBN: 0932885306

Category: History

Page: 271

View: 442

This book studies the Arabic-Islamic view of Byzantium, tracing the Byzantine image as it evolved through centuries of warfare, contact, and exchanges. Including previously inaccessible material on the Arabic textual tradition on Byzantium, this investigation shows the significance of Byzantium to the Arab Muslim establishment and their appreciation of various facets of Byzantine culture and civilization. The Arabic-Islamic representation of the Byzantine Empire stretching from the reference to Byzantium in the Qur'an until the fall of Constantinople in 1453 is considered in terms of a few salient themes. The image of Byzantium reveals itself to be complex, non-monolithic, and self-referential. Formulating an alternative appreciation to the politics of confrontation and hostility that so often underlies scholarly discourse on Muslim-Byzantine relations, this book presents the schemes developed by medieval authors to reinterpret aspects of their own history, their own self-definition, and their own view of the world.
Categories: History

North Africa Under Byzantium and Early Islam

North Africa Under Byzantium and Early Islam

Essays in North Africa under Byzantium and Early Islam include the legacy of Vandal rule in Africa, art and architectural history, archaeology, economics, theology, Berbers, and the Islamic conquest.

Author: Susan T. Stevens

Publisher: Dumbarton Oaks Research Library & Collection

ISBN: 0884024083

Category: Africa, North

Page: 328

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Papers originally presented at the seventieth Dumbarton Oaks Byzantine Studies Symposium, "Rome Re-Imagined: Byzantine and Early Islamic North Africa, ca. 500-800" (27-29 April 2012).
Categories: Africa, North

The Arabs Byzantium and Iran

The Arabs  Byzantium  and Iran

This collection of articles by Professor Bosworth contains a series of studies on the Arab-Persian heartland of the medieval Islamic world, from the Levant to Afghanistan and the borderlands with India.

Author: Clifford Edmund Bosworth

Publisher: Variorum Publishing

ISBN: 0860785831

Category: Social Science

Page: 332

View: 168

This collection of studies on the Arab-Persian medieval Islamic world focuses on historical, religious, cultural and literary aspects of the region from pre-Islamic times to the 15th century. Topics include the Arab caliphate and the successor dynasties arising from it in the Iranian world; Muslim perceptions of other faiths in the Middle East; relations between the ruling Muslim institution and its internal, non-Muslim minorities; and the prolonged contacts and interaction of Islam and the Byzantine Empire.
Categories: Social Science

Byzantium

Byzantium

Explores the fusion of Roman political culture, Greek intellectual tradition, and Christian faith that characterized Byzantium. Shows how the empire held power for eleven centuries and why it ultimately fell.

Author: Peter Sarris

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780199236114

Category: History

Page: 142

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Explores the fusion of Roman political culture, Greek intellectual tradition, and Christian faith that characterized Byzantium. Shows how the empire held power for eleven centuries and why it ultimately fell.
Categories: History

The Crusades from the Perspective of Byzantium and the Muslim World

The Crusades from the Perspective of Byzantium and the Muslim World

Angeliki E. Láiou, Dumbarton Oaks Professor of Byzantine History Angeliki E
Laiou, Angeliki E. Laiou, Roy P. Mottahedeh ... Our purpose was to examine
several important issues that , in one way or another , affected the Byzantine and
Muslim ...

Author: Dumbarton Oaks Professor of Byzantine History Angeliki E Laiou

Publisher: Dumbarton Oaks

ISBN: 0884022773

Category: History

Page: 297

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The essays in this volume demonstrate that on the eastern shores of the Mediterranean there were rich, variegated, and important phenomena associated with the Crusades, and that a full understanding of the significance of the movement and its impact on both the East and West must take these phenomena into account.
Categories: History

Heraclius Emperor of Byzantium

Heraclius  Emperor of Byzantium

Table of contents

Author: Walter E. Jr. Kaegi

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521814596

Category: History

Page: 359

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Table of contents
Categories: History

The Byzantine Islamic Transition in Palestine

The Byzantine Islamic Transition in Palestine

Using recent archaeological findings, Avni addresses the transformation of local societies in Palestine and Jordan between the sixth and eleventh centuries AD, arguing that the Byzantine-Islamic transition was a much slower and gradual ...

Author: Gideon Avni

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199684335

Category: History

Page: 424

View: 112

Using recent archaeological findings, Avni addresses the transformation of local societies in Palestine and Jordan between the sixth and eleventh centuries AD, arguing that the Byzantine-Islamic transition was a much slower and gradual process than previously thought.
Categories: History

Byzantium and the Emergence of Muslim Turkish Anatolia Ca 1040 1130

Byzantium and the Emergence of Muslim Turkish Anatolia  Ca  1040 1130

This book proposes a new narrative, which begins with the waning influence of Constantinople and Cairo over large parts of Anatolia and the Byzantine-Muslim borderlands, as well as the failure of the nascent Seljuk sultanate to supplant ...

Author: Alexander Daniel Beihammer

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781351983860

Category: History

Page: 458

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The arrival of the Seljuk Turks in Anatolia forms an indispensable part of modern Turkish discourse on national identity, but Western scholars, by contrast, have rarely included the Anatolian Turks in their discussions about the formation of European nations or the transformation of the Near East. The Turkish penetration of Byzantine Asia Minor is primarily conceived of as a conflict between empires, sedentary and nomadic groups, or religious and ethnic entities. This book proposes a new narrative, which begins with the waning influence of Constantinople and Cairo over large parts of Anatolia and the Byzantine-Muslim borderlands, as well as the failure of the nascent Seljuk sultanate to supplant them as a leading supra-regional force. In both Byzantine Anatolia and regions of the Muslim heartlands, local elites and regional powers came to the fore as holders of political authority and rivals in incessant power struggles. Turkish warrior groups quickly assumed a leading role in this process, not because of their raids and conquests, but because of their intrusion into pre-existing social networks. They exploited administrative tools and local resources and thus gained the acceptance of local rulers and their subjects. Nuclei of lordships came into being, which could evolve into larger territorial units. There was no Byzantine decline nor Turkish triumph but, rather, the driving force of change was the successful interaction between these two spheres.
Categories: History

Transmitting Jewish Traditions

Transmitting Jewish Traditions

TWO Between Byzantium and Islam : The Transmission of a Jewish Book in the
Byzantine and Early Islamic Periods PAUL MANDEL I We are standing in front of
a good library of Jewish texts from the rabbinic period , which include the ...

Author: Yaakov Elman

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300081987

Category: Religion

Page: 353

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This book examines the impact of changing modes of cultural transmission on Jewish and Western cultures over the past two thousand years. The contributors to the volume survey some of the ways -- conscious and subconscious -- in which cultural elements arc selected, shaped, and transmitted, and some of the ways they in turn shape the future of their cultures. Focusing on a range of Jewish cultures from late antiquity, the Middle Ages, and the modern period, the authors consider both the transformation of traditions in their travels from one contemporaneous cultural context to another and their transformation within a single culture overtime. Some of the studies in the book deal with the transition from mixed oral-written cultures to ones in which written-print is nearly exclusive. Other chapters deal with the processes of transmission such as anthologizing, translating, teaching, and sermonizing. By contextualizing Jewish culture within Western culture and including a comparative perspective, the book makes an important contribution to Judaic studies as well as to other areas of the humanities concerned with questions of textuality and culture.
Categories: Religion

Islamic Imperial Law

Islamic Imperial Law

Harun-Al-Rashid's Codification Project Benjamin Jokisch. Chapter 6 The
Byzantine Factor In the preceding chapters we frequently find references to
Byzantium or Orthodox Christianity in order to explain an Islamic term, concept or
movement.

Author: Benjamin Jokisch

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 9783110924343

Category: Religion

Page: 766

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Despite the historical and contemporary significance of the Sharia, it has not yet been possible to solve the puzzle of its origins. Whereas previous research has postulated a greater or lesser degree of endogenous Islamic development, the present study reaches a different conclusion, namely that at the end of the 8th century Muslim state lawyers in Baghdad codified an Islamic “Imperial Law”, oriented strongly towards Roman-Byzantine law. It is part of an Islamic-Byzantine context, and can only be explained against this intercultural background.
Categories: Religion

Byzantium Unbound

Byzantium Unbound

This book repositions Byzantium in our "grammar of civilizations" and presents a fresh argument for what Byzantine Studies has to offer, especially to classicists and medievalists. Such a book has never been written about Byzantium.

Author: Anthony Kaldellis

Publisher:

ISBN: 1641899220

Category: Byzantine Empire

Page: 103

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Byzantium suffers under many layers of misunderstanding built up between the ninth and twentieth centuries. Peeling away these layers, we find a civilization worth studying, one that explains much about classical and medieval history. Rather than representing a society "peripheral" to more important historical developments, or a mere "intermediary stage" of grander civilizational progress, Byzantium merits study in its own right as the most stable and enduring form of Greco-Roman society, forming a sturdy bridge between antiquity and the early modern period, as well as between East and West. This book repositions Byzantium in our "grammar of civilizations" and presents a fresh argument for what Byzantine Studies has to offer, especially to classicists and medievalists. Such a book has never been written about Byzantium. Scholars, students, and instructors who are currently at a loss how Byzantium might usefully be integrated into a world history curriculum will find this book essential.
Categories: Byzantine Empire