Pella, Jarash and `Amman: old and new in the crossing to Arabia, ca. 550-750 CE

Alan Walmsley

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In crossing from Baysan in the Jund al-Urdunn to 'Amman in the Balqa' district of the Jund Dimashq, the traveler of the third or fourth decade of the second/ eighth century would have passed through a reworked urban world with similarities to and differences from the world of two centuries earlier. The results were generally favorable, in that the new had been almost seamlessly accommodated within the old. The mosque at Jarash, the citadel complex of, and that of Baysan leave little doubt that the new political-economic-religious entity manifested in a new Muslim elite wrought significant changes to the post-Classical urban history of middle-ranking towns in Bilad al-Sham, and not just in the main cities of, for instance, Damascus and Jerusalem
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationShaping the Middle East
Subtitle of host publicationJews, Christians, and Muslims in an Age of Transition 400-800 CE
EditorsKenneth G. Holum, Hayim Lapin
Place of PublicationBethesda
PublisherUniversity Press of Maryland
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)9781934309315
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes


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