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February 24 2013

"History and Identity in the Late Antique Near East", edited by Philip Wood

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History and Identity in the Late Antique Near East gathers together the work of distinguished historians and early career scholars with a broad range of expertise to investigate the significance of newly emerged, or recently resurrected, ethnic identities on the borders of the eastern Mediterranean world. It focuses on the "long late antiquity" from the eve of the Arab conquest of the Roman East to the formation of the Abbasid caliphate. The first half of the book offers papers on the Christian Orient on the cusp of the Islamic invasions. These papers discuss how Christians negotiated the end of Roman power, whether in the selective use of the patristic past to create confessional divisions or the emphasis of the shared philosophical legacy of the Greco-Roman world. The second half of the book considers Muslim attempts to negotiate the pasts of the conquered lands of the Near East, where the Christian histories of Hira or Egypt were used to create distinctive regional identities for Arab settlers. Like the first half, this section investigates the redeployment of a shared history, this time the historical imagination of the Qu'ran and the era of the first caliphs. All the papers in the volume bring together studies of the invention of the past across traditional divides between disciplines, placing the re-assessment of the past as a central feature of the long late antiquity. As a whole, History and Identity in the Late Antique Near East represents a distinctive contribution to recent writing on late antiquity, due to its cultural breadth, its interdisciplinary focus, and its novel definition of late antiquity itself.

Oxford University Press, USA, April 1, 2013, 272 pages





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Sophronius of Jerusalem and the end of roman history / Phil Booth -- Identity, philosophy, and the problem of Armenian history in the sixth century / Tara Andrews -- The chronicle of Seert and Roman ecclesiastical history in the Sasanian world / Philip Wood -- Why were the Syrians interested in Greek philosophy? / Dan King -- You are what you read: Qenneshre and the Miaphysite church in the seventh century / Jack Tannous -- The prophet's city before the prophet: Ibn Zabala (d. after 199/814) on pre-Islamic Medina / Harry Munt -- Topoi and topography in the histories of al-?ira / Adam Talib -- "The crinkly haired people of the black earth"; examining Egyptian identities in Ibn 'abd al-?akam's futu? / Hussein Omar -- Forgetting Ctesiphon: Iran's pre-Islamic past, ca. 800-1100 / Sarah Savant -- Legal knowledge and local practices under the early Abbasids / Mathiew Tillier.


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February 08 2013

O. Dubouclez, Descartes et la voie de l'analyse
Olivier Dubouclez, Descartes et la voie de l'analyse Paris : PUF, coll. "Épiméthée", 2013. 400 p. EAN 9782130606345. Prix 34EUR Présentation de l'éditeur : On a pris l’habitude de voir en l’analyse un instrument logique de décomposition et de clarification des concepts, confirmant du même coup l’évaluation critique qu’en a donnée Kant: l’analyse est un procédé stérile qui ne contribue en rien à l’expansion et au renouvellement des connaissances. Soulignant la cohérence de ses emplois historiques, le présent ouvrage cherche au contraire à rétablir l’analyse en sa fonction inventive: de l’Antiquité au XVIIe siècle, la méthode analytique constitue, en effet, une solution aux insuffisances de la déduction logique s’appuyant sur la construction et le déchiffrement des figures, elle offre une voie à la fois détournée et probante pour la résolution des problèmes. Descartes est l’héritier de cette tradition, mais il est aussi, à maints égards, l’artisan de la conception moderne de l’analyse dont il a fait la voie privilégiée de la connaissance de soi dans les Méditations métaphysiques . Accomplissement heuristique de «l’ordre des raisons» mais aussi aventure temporelle inscrite dans la durée féconde de la méditation, l’analyse se révèle alors l’instrument d’une raison radicalement inventive.
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September 09 2012

Debt Cancellation in Mesopotamia and Egypt from 3000 to 1000 BC

We must pierce the smoke-screen of creditors and re-establish the historical truth. Repeated and generalised debt cancellation has occurred throughout history.



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February 14 2010


Statue of the Infant Cupid

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Roman, A.D. 1 - 50
Bronze, silver, copper
25 3/16 in.

Cupid, the god of love, is shown as a chubby, wide-eyed toddler. The young god wears a leafy wreath entwined with a fillet, or ribbon, the copper ends of which fall over his shoulders. The wreath of leaves and nuts are those of a sycamore or plane tree. The child would have originally held other identifying attributes, such as a bow and arrow. On his back are the remains of metal attachments, undoubtedly for fastening wings onto the body. The hollowed-out irises of his eyes would have been inlaid with colored stone or glass and the whites covered in silver. In the Hellenistic period, the creation of genre scenes led to an interest in depicting children, which in turn inspired images of the gods as infants. Roman artists continued this practice, with Cupid a favorite among these infant depictions. Bronze statues like this were popular decorative additions to the gardens and courtyards of Roman houses.

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February 04 2010

Ancient Pre-Islamic Architecture of IRAN

Iran, sometimes known as Persia, is a country with a glorious history spanning thousands of years. Iran as a nation was established in 540 BC by Cyrus the Great, possibly making it the oldest nation today in existence, and even older than China which was established some 300 years later by Qin Shi Huang.

These are some examples of the great architecture that existed in Iran before the arrival of Islam. Some of these structures, whether they be cities, palaces, temples or monuments, are as old as 7000 years old. (To see the magnificent architecture of Iran by the time the Iranian people had gradually accepted Islam as their religion then click HERE).
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