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The Byzantine-Islamic Transition in Palestine: An Archaeological Approach

ISBN : 9780199684335

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Author: 
Gideon Avni
Pages
448 Pages
Format
Hardcover
Size
163 x 241 mm
Pub date
Jan 2014
Series
Oxford Studies in Byzantium
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Using a comprehensive evaluation of recent archaeological findings, Avni addresses the transformation of local societies in Palestine and Jordan between the sixth and eleventh centuries AD. Arguing that these archaeological findings provide a reliable, though complex, picture, Avni illustrates how the Byzantine-Islamic transition was a much slower and gradual process than previously thought, and that it involved regional variability, different types of populations, and diverse settlement patterns. Based on the results of hundreds of excavations, including Avni's own surveys and excavations in the Negev, Beth Guvrin, Jerusalem, and Ramla, the volume reconstructs patterns of continuity and change in settlements during this turbulent period, evaluating the process of change in a dynamic multicultural society and showing that the coming of Islam had no direct effect on settlement patterns and material culture of the local population. The change in settlement, stemming from internal processes rather than from external political powers, culminated gradually during the Early Islamic period. However, the process of Islamization was slow, and by the eve of the Crusader period Christianity still had an overwhelming majority in Palestine and Jordan.

Index: 

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS
PREFACE AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
PROLOGUE FOUR EYEWITNESS ACCOUNTS VERSUS 'ARGUMENTS IN STONE'
APPENDIX I: CITIES IN BYZANTINE PALESTINE, PHOENICE, AND ARABIA
APPENDIX II: EARLY ISLAMIC SETTLEMENTS IN PALESTINE AND JORDAN
APPENDIX III: REGIONAL SURVEYS BYZANTINE AND EARLY ISLAMIC SITES
BIBLIOGRAPHY
INDEX

About the author: 

Gideon Avni is the Head of the Archaeological Division in the Israel Antiquities Authority and a lecturer at the Institute of Archaeology at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem. His academic interests focus on various aspects of Classical, Late Antique and Early Islamic archaeology, the cultural and religious transformation of the Near East from Byzantine to Islamic rule, and the archaeology of desert societies in the Levant. He has conducted extensive fieldwork in the Negev Desert, Beth Guvrin, Jerusalem, and Ramla.

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