Religious culture in late antique Arabia: selected studies on the late antique religious mind

Kirill Dmitriev, Isabel Toral-Niehoff (Editor)

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The volume explores aspects of religious culture in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Arabian Peninsula across Late Antiquity – the period of dynamic and historically crucial developments, culminating in the emergence of Islam. The volume adopts a comprehensive approach to the study of religious history and culture. Transcending the boundaries of specific theological systems and ritual practices, it approaches the Late Antique religious mind as formed by shared world-views and cultural concepts, as well as social attitudes and political practices in the Late Antique Near East. In particular, the volume brings together selected studies on the ritual and theological aspects of Late Antique Arabia and on religious aspects of early and classical Arabic poetry. Furthermore, it also includes contributions on religious conversions and their impact on the settlement and other processes within the social history of the Arabs in the Roman and Sasanian Empires, and the early Caliphate. Lastly, two articles are dedicated to the religious history of South Arabia.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationPiscataway, NJ
PublisherGorgias Press
Number of pages379
ISBN (Print)9781463206307
Publication statusPublished - 3 Oct 2017

Publication series

NameIslamic history and thought


  • Late Antiquity
  • Arabia
  • Religious History


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