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    Description"Decline and Fall of the Sasanians" has already been praised as one of the most intellectually exciting books about ancient Persia to have been published for years. It proposes a convincing contemporary answer to an ages-old mystery and conundrum: why, in the seventh century CE, did the seemingly powerful and secure Sasanian empire of Persia succumb so quickly and disastrously to the all-conquering Arab armies of Islam? Offering an impressive appraisal of the Sasanians' nemesis at the hands of the Arab forces which scythed all before them, the author suggests a bold solution to the enigma. On the face of it, the collapse of the Sasanians - given their strength and imperial power in the earlier part of the century - looks startling and inexplicable. But Professor Pourshariati explains their fall in terms of an earlier corrosion and decline, and as a result of their own internal weaknesses. The decentralised dynastic system of the Sasanian empire, whose backbone was a Sasanian-Parthian alliance, contained the seeds of its own destruction. This confederacy soon became unstable, and its degeneration sealed the fate of a doomed dynasty.

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    Decline and Fall of the Sasanian Empire
    The Sasanian-Parthian Confederacy and the Arab Conquest of Iran
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Parvaneh Pourshariati
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 552
    Width: 156 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 46 mm
    Weight: 971 g
    ISBN 13: 9781845116453
    ISBN 10: 1845116453

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBLC, HBLA
    B&T General Subject: 690
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3D, 3F
    B&T Merchandise Category: TXT
    BIC subject category V2: HBJF
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15590
    Ingram Subject Code: RS
    Libri: I-RS
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET135
    Ingram Theme: CULT/MIDEST
    B&T Approval Code: A14203000
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 47
    Ingram Theme: RELI/ISLAM
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037010, HIS026000
    B&T Approval Code: A15300000
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 51
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAP
    BIC subject category V2: 3D, 3F, 1QDAP
    DC22: 935.07
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: HIS039000, REL037010
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    LC classification: DS286 .P68 2008
    LC subject heading:
    Thema V1.0: NHF, NHC
    Edition statement
    I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd
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    Publication date
    13 May 2008
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    Author Information
    Parvaneh Pourshariati is Assistant Professor of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at Ohio State University. She is the author of many scholarly articles on ancient Iran, and this is her first book.
    Review quote
    "'This is a monumental work of first-class scholarship. Its publication represents a landmark, and it immediately becomes the point of departure for further work on the many subjects it deals with. I can think of few other books I have read over the years that can match this work's astounding combination of originality, bold vision, clarity of presentation, meticulous examination of the sources, and practical puzzle-solving.' - Fred M Donner, Professor of Near Eastern History, University of Chicago"