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    DescriptionThe 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 religious ideology and law.

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    The Arabs in Antiquity
    Their History from the Assyrians to the Umayyads
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Jan Retso
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    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 704
    Width: 158 mm
    Height: 243 mm
    Thickness: 43 mm
    Weight: 1,152 g
    ISBN 13: 9780700716791
    ISBN 10: 0700716793

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    LC classification: DS231 .R48 2005
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    Edition statement
    Taylor & Francis Ltd
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    24 October 2002
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    Author Information
    Jan Retso was born in Norway but has been living in Sweden for more than 40 years. He got his Ph.D form Goteborg University in 1983 and was appointed full Professor of Arabic there in 1986. His main field of work is Arabic and Semitic linguistics, especially comparative and diachronic studies where he has published two monographs and a series of articles. He has also published several articles on the history of Pre-Islamic Arabia and the ancient east.
    Review quote
    'Hugely learned' - Times Literary Supplement'This book is an invaluable tool and will, I am sure, find a place on the shelf of every serious scholar of the Antique and Early Islamic Middle East' - Bulletin of the Royal Institute for Inter-Faith Studies
    Table of contents
    Prologue - An introduction to the problem by showing how the word Arab is used among modern Bedouin Part I. A Presentation of the use of the word in calssical Islamic sources Part II. A Survey of all relevant occurrencies of the work in Akkadian, Hebrew, Greek, Latin Part III. A Synthesis of the information we have about the living conditions of the groups called Arabs Conclusion Bibliography