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Harvard Middle Eastern Monographs 36

Byzantium Viewed by the Arabs

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ISBN 9780932885302

Publication Date: 09/15/2004

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  • Preface
  • Introduction
    • Arabic-Islamic Sources
    • A History of Alterity
    • The Temporal Evolution of Perception
  • 1. The Encounter with Byzantium
    • Byzantium in the Qur’ān: Sūrat al Rūm
    • Early Contacts: Byzantine Military Leaders
    • An Exemplary Ruler: Emperor Heraclius
    • Byzantine Craftsmanship: A Window to Greatness
    • Constantinople: Sieges and Eschatology
  • 2. Confronting Byzantium
    • Byzantine Imperial Authority: Rank, Titulature, and Power
    • The Byzantine Emperors and Hārūn al-Rashīd
    • Byzantine Knowledge: Science and Philosophy
    • Shu‘ūbiyya and the “Discovery” of Pre-Islamic Byzantium
    • Homo Byzantinus: Criticism of Character and Practice
    • Byzantine Women: A Source of Fitna
  • 3. Islam on the Defensive
    • Constantinople: The City of Marvels
    • Ceremonial, or the Grandeur of Byzantium
    • Byzantine Revival: Islam on the Defensive
    • The Rise and Fall of Nicephorus Phocas
    • End of an Era: The Battle of Manzikert and the Fall of Jerusalem
  • 4. A New Reality: Revisiting Byzantium
    • Homo Byzantinus: The New Christian Presence
    • Constantinople
    • The Fall
  • Conclusion
  • Bibliography
  • Index

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