Category Archives: Syria

The Second Crusade 1148: Disaster outside Damascus (Campaign)

After the fall of the crusader kingdom of Edessa, the Pope called for a new crusade in 1145. This new campaign by the Christian west against the forces of eastern Islam would culminate in the 1148 siege of Damascus, then … Continue reading

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Between Rome and Persia: The Middle Euphrates, Mesopotamia and Palmyra Under Roman Control (Routledge Monographs in Classical Studies)

The conflict between the powerful Roman and Iranian empires arising from the extension of Roman power into today’s Middle East is coming into increasingly sharp focus, thanks to the amount of evidence now available. This richly illustrated book examines this … Continue reading

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Orientalism, Aramaic and Kabbalah in the Catholic Reformation (Studies in the History of Christian Thought)

This work shows how the first edition of the Syriac New Testament illustrates how Syriac and other Oriental languages were received in the West by Catholic Kabbalistic scholars. The contribution of Egidio da Viterbo and Guillaume Postel is emphasised.

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The Hellenistic Settlements in Syria, the Red Sea Basin, and North Africa (Hellenistic Culture and Society)

This authoritative and sweeping compendium, the second volume in Getzel Cohen’s organized survey of the Greek settlements founded or refounded in the Hellenistic period, provides historical narratives, detailed references, citations, and commentaries on all the settlements in Syria, The Red … Continue reading

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Early Urbanism on the Syrian Euphrates (Ancient Peoples)

Studying archaeological evidence from sites covering over 200 kilometres of the banks of the Euphrates River, Lisa Cooper’s excellent monograph explores the growth and development of human settlement in the Euphrates River Valley of Northern Syria during the Early and … Continue reading

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Mu’awiya ibn abi Sufyan: From Arabia to Empire (Makers of the Muslim World)

In this accessible study, Stephen Humphreys introduces the most elusive of the early caliphs, Mu’awiya ibn abi Sufyan (602-680). Throughout history, some have accused him of being the first caliph to diverge from Muhammed’s model of ideal Muslim leadership whilst … Continue reading

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Magic and the Supernatural in Fourth Century Syria

Magic and the Supernatural in Fourth Century Syria provides a general survey of magical practices in late antique Syria and Palestine, blending classical, Christian and Jewish traditions. It offers original research into an area that attracts much interest at present, … Continue reading

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Yarmuk AD 636: The Muslim Conquest of Syria (Praeger Illustrated Military History)

The battle of Yarmuk was the single most crushing blow suffered by the Byzantine Empire until the battle of Manzikert in 1071. It resulted in the loss of Syria, Palestine and most of the Byzantine provinces in the Middle East. … Continue reading

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The Third Crusade 1191: Richard the Lionheart, Saladin and the battle for Jerusalem (Campaign)

The clash between King Richard I ‘The Lionheart’ of England and Saladin has become legendary. Throughout the ages, military enthusiasts have been fascinated by the strategy of the resolute, heavily armed Anglo-Saxon army versus their more lightly armed opponents. Richard’s … Continue reading

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Making of a Syrian Identity: Intellectuals and Merchants in Nineteenth Century Beirut (Social, Economic and Political Studies of the Middle East and Asia)

Exploring the origins and development of the Syrian identity, during the 18th and 19th centuries, through the role of Christian Arab intellectuals and merchants, Ottomans and American missionaries, this volume examines its background, stages of evolution, and components. It shows … Continue reading

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