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IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 333: The Early Islamic World, III: Provinces and Frontiers - Arabia

Monday 6 July 2015, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Centre for Advanced Study of the Arab World (CASAW) / 'Early Islamic World' Research Network, University of Edinburgh
Organisers:Ann R. Christys, Independent Scholar, Leeds
Andrew Marsham, School of Literatures, Languages & Cultures, University of Edinburgh
Moderator/Chair:Hugh Kennedy, Department of the Languages & Cultures of the Near & Middle East, School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London
Paper 333-aThe Archaeology of the Red Sea in the 7th and 8th Centuries
(Language: English)
Donald S. Whitcomb, Department of Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations, University of Chicago, Illinois
Index terms: Architecture - General, Economics - Trade
Paper 333-bThe Transition from Late Antiquity to Early Islam in Western Arabia
(Language: English)
Harry Munt, Department of History, University of York
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Islamic and Arabic Studies

The third session of the 'Early Islamic World' Research Network looks at the formation of the first Muslim polity as part of an on-going process in late antique Arabia: the development of Arabic as a written language and the spread of Judaism, Christianity and Zoroastrianism and their variants on the Peninsula are key pre-Islamic cultural developments; the formation and decline of pre-Islamic political entities in the north and south of the Peninsula are also crucial for understanding the emergence of Islam.