Introduction Chase F. Robinson; Part I. The Late Antique Context: 1. The resources of Late Antiquity John Haldon; 2. The late Roman/early Byzantine Near East Mark Whittow; 3. The late Sasanian Near East Josef Wiesehoefer; 4. Pre-Islamic Arabia Michael Lecker; Part II. Universalism and Imperialism: 5. The rise of Islam, 600-705 Chase F. Robinson; 6. The empire in Syria, 705-763 Paul M. Cobb; 7. The empire in Iraq, 763-861 Tayeb El-Hibri; 8. The waning of empire, 861-945 Michael Bonner; 9. The late Abbasid pattern, 945-1050 Hugh Kennedy; Part III. Regionalism: 10. Arabia Ella Landau-Tasseron; 11. The Islamic East Elton L. Daniel; 12. Syria R. Stephen Humphreys; 13. Egypt Michael Brett; 14. The Iberian Peninsula and North Africa Eduardo Manzano Moreno; Part IV. The Historiography of Early Islamic History: 15. Modern approaches to early Islamic history Fred M. Donner; 16. Numismatics Stefan Heidemann; 17. Archaeology and material culture Marcus Milwright; Conclusion: From formative Islam to classical Islam Chase F. Robinson.
A political and cultural history of Islam from its Late Antique origins until the eleventh century.
Chase F. Robinson is Professor of Islamic History at the Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Oxford. He is the author of The Legacy of the Prophet: The Middle East and Islam, 600-1300 (forthcoming), Islamic Historiography (2003) and Empire and Elites after the Muslim Conquest: The Transformation of Northern Mesopotamia (2000).