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Studies in Late Antiquity and Early Islam (SLAEI) # 1, Volume III


The Byzantine and Early Islamic Near East


States, Resources and Armies

(Papers of the Third Workshop on Late Antiquity and Early Islam)


Edited by Averil Cameron




About the Book:

    This book examines the relationships between states in the Near East in the period ca. 565-750 and their military and fiscal organization. These essays explore aspects through which states organized the distribution of resources and structured their armies and they contribute fresh insights into the existing debate on late Roman and Sasanian military organization, raising challenging questions about the degree of central control that existed over the early Muslim armies. The book will interest not only specialists on the period, but also anyone concerned with the formation of states, the relation of states and resources, and fiscal and military factors affecting the state. Contributors include: Jean-Michel Carrié, Michael Whitby, Benjamin Isaac, James Howard-Johnston, Zeev Rubin, Ella Landau-Tasseron, Fred McGraw Donner, Hugh Kennedy, John Haldon, and Ralph-Johannes Lilie.


About the Editor:

    Averil Cameron is Warden of Keble College, University of Oxford.



This is an important, well-made, and well-indexed collection and an outline for future research. . . . Anyone with an interest in the military institutions of non-industrial states will profit from it.

International Journal of Middle East Studies


The papers are all thoroughly researched and indeed provocative. . . . the volume succeeds both in communicating a more comprehensive and integrated view of the issues at hand and in clarifying aspects of the transitional period in the Near East between Late Antiquity and the early Islamic period. . . . enjoyable and informative reading."

Journal of the American Oriental Society


Publication date: 1995

Maps; Index

Size: 6 1/8 x 9½ (15.6 x 24.1 cm); xvi, 491 pages

CIP L.C. 92-352

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