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From Hellenism to Islam, Cultural and Linguistic Change in the Roman Near East

This is an important addition to the mounting literature on the cultural and especially the linguistic mix in the east- ern provinces of the Roman Empire in the period before the Arab conquests. It arose from a conference and a related research theme on epigraphy and cultural and linguistic change in the Near East “from Hel- lenism to Islam,” organised by the Institute for Advanced Studies of the Hebrew Uni- versity of Jerusalem in the year 2002-3.

 

This is an important addition to the mounting literature on the cultural and especially the linguistic mix in the east- ern provinces of the Roman Empire in the period before the Arab conquests. It arose from a conference and a related research theme on epigraphy and cultural and linguistic change in the Near East “from Hel- lenism to Islam,” organised by the Institute for Advanced Studies of the Hebrew Uni- versity of Jerusalem in the year 2002-3. This background, as well as the connection of three members of the research group with the international project, which aims to publish all inscriptions from Israel and Palestine surviving from the fourth to sev- enth centuries, explains the emphasis of some of the contributions on the evidence of inscriptions. On the whole, the volume deals with the period before rather than af- ter the coming of Islam. The exceptions are two contributions on Egypt by Tonio Se- bastian Richter and Arietta Papaconstanti- nou, both of which deal with the complex interplay in Greek, Coptic, and Arabic, and a third by Leah Di Segni’s paper that pro- vides a welcome survey of Greek inscrip- tions in the region from the sixth century and into the late Umayyad period. Robert Hoyland’s penetrating paper “Arab kings, Arab tribes and the beginnings of histori- cal memory in late Roman epigraphy,” also discusses the portrayal of pre-Islamic Arab leaders and groups in later Arabic sources.

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