By Nancy Khalek

ISBN-10: 0199736510

ISBN-13: 9780199736515

ahead of it fell to Muslim armies in advert 635-6 Damascus had a protracted and prestigious historical past as a middle of Christianity. How did this urban, which grew to become the capitol of the Islamic Empire and its humans, negotiate the transition from a overdue old or early Byzantine international to an Islamic tradition? In Damascus after the Muslim Conquest, Nancy Khalek demonstrates that the alterations that came about in Syria in this formative interval of Islamic lifestyles weren't easily a question of the alternative of 1 civilization via one other because of army conquest, yet fairly of moving relationships and practices in a multifaceted social and cultural surroundings.

Even as overdue old sorts of faith and tradition endured, the formation of Islamic identification was once tormented by the folks who built, lived in, and narrated the historical past in their urban. Khalek attracts at the facts of structure and the testimony of pilgrims, biographers, geographers, and historians to make clear this means of identification formation. delivering a clean method of the early Islamic interval, she strikes the examine of Islamic origins past a spotlight on problems with authenticity and textual feedback, and initiates an interdisciplinary discourse on narrative, storytelling, and the interpretations of fabric culture.

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