Money, Power and Politics in Early Islamic Syria: A Review of Current Debates

Money, Power and Politics in Early Islamic Syria: A Review of Current Debates


Edited by Professor John Haldon

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  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Limited
  • Format: Hardback | 230 pages
  • Dimensions: 160mm x 236mm x 20mm | 581g
  • Publication date: 30 September 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Aldershot
  • ISBN 10: 0754668495
  • ISBN 13: 9780754668497
  • Edition statement: New ed.
  • Illustrations note: Includes 28 b&w illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,188,729

Product description

The transformation of the eastern provinces of the Roman empire from the middle of the seventh century CE under the impact of Islam has attracted a good deal of scholarly attention in recent years, and as more archaeological material becomes available, has been subject to revision and rethinking in ways that radically affect what we know or understand about the area, about state-building and the economy and society of the early Islamic world, and about issues such as urbanisation, town-country relations, the ways in which a different religious culture impacted on the built environment, and about politics. This volume represents the fruits of a workshop held at Princeton University in May 2007 to discuss the ways in which recent work has affected our understanding of the nature of economic and exchange activity in particular, and the broader implications of these advances for the history of the region.

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Author information

John Haldon is Professor of Byzantine History and Hellenic Studies at Princeton University, USA.

Review quote

'The volume has succeeded admirably in joining together a selection of some of the most active scholars in this discipline, a feature which makes this single volume a useful treasury of critical scholarship for all students of the Early Islamic period ... the fact that it contains such a wealth of critical observation and an introduction to current debate makes it an essential accompaniment to broader histories of Early Islamic Syria. For this reviewer, it will be a constant source of reference.' Rosetta

Table of contents

Contents: Preface; Introduction; Greater Syria in the 7th century: context and background, John Haldon; Coinage and the economy of Syria-Palestine in the 7th and 8th centuries CE, Alan Walmsley; Christian communities in early Islamic Syria and Northern Jazira: the dynamics of adaptation, R. Stephen Humphreys; Administering the early Islamic empire: insights from the papyri, Arietta Papaconstantinou; Mu'awiya's state, Clive Foss; First century Islamic currency: mastering the message from the money, Gene W. Heck; 'Abd al-Malik's monetary reform in copper and the failure of centralization, Lutz Ilisch; Early Islamic urbanism and building activity in Jerusalem and at Hammath Gader, Jodi Magness; Late antique legacies and Muslim economic expansion, Jairus Banaji; Syrian elites from Byzantium to Islam: survival or extinction?, Hugh Kennedy; Index.