Ancient South Arabia: From the Queen of Sheba to the Advent of Islam

Ancient South Arabia: From the Queen of Sheba to the Advent of Islam


By (author) Klaus Schippman, By (author) Klaus Schippmann, Translated by Allison Brown

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  • Publisher: Markus Wiener Publishing Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 160 pages
  • Dimensions: 148mm x 228mm x 16mm | 299g
  • Publication date: 31 August 2001
  • Publication City/Country: Princeton
  • ISBN 10: 1558762361
  • ISBN 13: 9781558762367
  • Sales rank: 679,154

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At a crossroads between Africa, Asia, and Europe, the South Arabian kingdoms were major commercial and cultural players in world history. Their art and architecture, and especially their irrigation system, featuring a gigantic dam high in the mountains, give witness to a fascinating civilization, the myth and historical dimensions of which have captured our collective imaginations. The author, who participated in several archaeological excavations in Southern Arabia, provides a concise history of the kingdoms from the 10th century B.C.E. to the 7th century C.E. European reviewers of the German edition praised especially his elaboration on the social structures of the kingdoms, their economy and trade, geography, languages, scripture, military and religion.

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KLAUS SCHIPPMANN, University of Gottingen, is the author of numerous books about Persian history including the Sasanid and Parthian empires.