Routledge, 2001. — 336 pp. — (Peoples of the Ancient World). — ISBN 0–415–19535–7.Long before Muhammad preached the religion of Islam, the inhabitants of his native Arabia had played an important role in world history as both merchants and warriors. Arabia and the Arabs provides the only up-to-date, one-volume survey of the region and its peoples from prehistory to the coming of Islam. Using a wide range of sources – inscriptions, poetry, histories and archaeological evidence – Robert Hoyland explores the main culturalareas of Arabia, from ancient Sheba in the south to the deserts and oases of the north. He then examines the major themes of: - the economy - society - religion - art, architecture and artefacts - language and literature - Arabhood and Arabisation. The volume is illustrated with more than fifty photographs, drawings and maps.Robert G. Hoyland has been a research fellow of St John’s College, Oxford since 1994. He is the author of Seeing Islam As Others Saw It and several articles on the history of the Middle East. He regularly conducts fieldwork in the region.Introduction. East Arabia. South Arabia. North and central Arabia. Economy. Society. Religion. Art, architecture and artefacts. Language and literature. Arabhood and Arabisation.
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