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A History of Palestine, 634–1099

A History of Palestine, 634–1099


  • Date Published: February 1997
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521599849

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  • This was the first comprehensive history of Palestine from the Muslim conquest in 634 to that of the Crusaders in 1099. It is a 1992 translation and revised version of volume I of Palestine During the First Muslim Period which was published in Hebrew in 1983 and presents an authoritative survey of the early mediaeval Islamic and Jewish worlds. Based on an impressive array of sources including documents from the Cairo Geniza collection, the author examines the lives of the Jewish, Christian and Muslim communities of Palestine against a background of the political and military events of the period. Specific attention is paid to the history of Palestinian Jews under Muslim rule. An essential resource for students and specialists of mediaeval Islamic and Jewish history, religious studies and for anyone interested in the history of the Holy Land.

    • Was the first comprehensive history of Palestine for this period by well-known author
    • Based on an impressive array of sources including the Geniza collection
    • Interdisciplinary appeal to history, Middle East and religious studies departments
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    Reviews & endorsements

    Review of the hardback: '… it illuminates society in Palestine during this period. This is a major work of scholarship and we should be grateful that it is now available in English.' The Times Higher Education Supplement

    Review of the hardback: 'Gil shows himself a master of an enormous mass of Hebrew, Arabic Judaeo-Arabic and Syriac source material, and his book is, given its bulk, clearly laid out and easy to read …' C. Edmund Bosworth, The English Historical Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 1997
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521599849
    • length: 996 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 57 mm
    • weight: 1.44kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Glossary of Hebrew and Arabic terms
    1. The conquest
    2. Islam strikes roots
    3. The local population and the Muslims
    4. The economy
    5. Palestine from the beginning of Abbasid rule to the Fatimids
    6. The Fatimid conquest: the war of sixty years and other events during the eleventh century
    7. The Christians
    8. The Jewish population and its leadership
    9. Karaites and Samaritans
    10. The Crusaders' conquest and the fate of Palestinian Jewry

  • Author

    Moshe Gil, Tel-Aviv University


    Ethel Broido

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