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Byzantium and the Early Islamic Conquests

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The Byzantine empire lost many of its most valuable provinces to Islamic conquerors in the seventh century, including Syria, Palestine, Mesopotamia and Armenia. This study investigates the eve of the conquests, as well as how the Byzantine government eventually came to rationalize its disasters.
Paperback, 328 pages
Published August 31st 2005 by Cambridge University Press (first published January 1st 1992)
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J.M. Hushour
Apr 24, 2018 rated it liked it
A five-star effort, with a mixed, three-star reaction.
Always a fascinating subject, the nature of the early Islamic irruption out of the Arabian peninsula is dogged by all sorts of baggage, ideological backsward-projecting or what-have-you, not limited to any particular side of the argument.
Kaegi tries to transcend this by focusing largely on the military aspects, especially Byzantine wan-ness after the wars against the Sassanids. Kaegi does the best he can with the extant materials, and gives g
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Anatolikon
Jan 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: byzantium
Walter Kaegi's 'Byzantium and the Early Islamic Conquests' is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the details behind the rapid Byzantine collapse in Syria and Mesopotamia. However, those who want a more general and broader historical survey of the period in general should look elsewhere, as this book's focus is narrow and its audience primarily scholarly. For example, the Muslim conquest of Egypt is only ever mentioned in passing: the book's focus is purely that of Syria, Armeni ...more
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Walter Emil Kaegi is a historian and scholar of Byzantine History, professor of history at the University of Chicago, and a Voting Member of The Oriental Institute. He received his PhD from Harvard University in 1965. He is known for his researches on the period from the fourth through eleventh centuries with a special interest in the advance of Islam, interactions with religion and thought, and m ...more