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By Moshe Gil

ISBN-10: 0521404371

ISBN-13: 9780521404372

This was once the 1st entire background of Palestine from the Muslim conquest in 634 to that of the Crusaders in 1099. it's a 1992 translation and revised model of quantity I of Palestine through the First Muslim interval which used to be released in Hebrew in 1983 and provides an authoritative survey of the early mediaeval Islamic and Jewish worlds. in keeping with a magnificent array of resources together with files from the Cairo Geniza assortment, the writer examines the lives of the Jewish, Christian and Muslim groups of Palestine opposed to a historical past of the political and army occasions of the interval. particular awareness is paid to the historical past of Palestinian Jews lower than Muslim rule. a necessary source for college students and experts of mediaeval Islamic and Jewish heritage, non secular experiences and for an individual drawn to the background of the Holy Land.

Professor Gil starts off via reviewing the political and armed forces occasions in Palestine earlier than and after the Arab invasion. Later chapters discover the Abbasid, Tiiliinid, Ikhshidid and Fatimid classes, within which time Palestine used to be a virtually perpetual battlefield for states, armies and factions. in contrast backdrop of clash and administrative alterations, the writer portrays the standard lifetime of Palestine and its population. He seems on the monetary heritage of Palestine- its agriculture, delivery amenities, exports and structures of taxation- in addition to the spiritual prestige ofJerusalem, the character of Islam's tolerance in the direction of Jews and Christians and the prestige, management and customs of the Christian population. particular awareness is paid to the heritage of Palestinian Jews below Muslim rule. Professor Gil information their topography, fiscal actions and spiritual existence; he explores the Karaite and Samaritan groups and discusses the function of the main renowned Jewish establishment, the yeshiva.

"A heritage of Palestine, 634-1099" is predicated on a powerful array of resources. Professor Gil has conscientiously learn the greater than 1,000 records of the Cairo Geniza assortment and those are paralleled by means of Arabic, Syriac, Latin and Greek fabric. This huge examine can be learn through scholars and experts of mediaeval Islamic and Jewish heritage and non secular reviews and by way of somebody attracted to the background of the Holy Land.

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It is told that Hashim, the grandfather of the Prophet's father, 'Abdallah, died in Gaza (in the latter half of the sixth century) while staying there to conduct his business affairs. Of the Prophet's father as well, it is said that he used to trade in Gaza, travelling with the caravans of the Qurashites. 7 6 7 Yaqut, Buldiitl, Ill, 893. ammad b. _thatthe Bishop ofGaza came to the Prophet when he was in Tabuk (see on the Tabuk expedition below) and told him 'In my town [Gaza] Hashim and 'Abd Shams [Hashim's brother] died when they came on business, and here are their moneys' (or property).

The Tolldii, the Samaritan chronicle, however, tells of the crucifying of 'a great number of people from among the Samaritans' precisely by 'Khuzray [corrected reading] King of Assyria', and there it appears to have taken place four years prior to the renewed conquest ofPalestine by the Byzantines, that is apparently in 624; see Neubauer, Chronique samaritai11e, 23 (in the original text); the dates in the Samaritan chronicles are completely confused and should not be taken into account. Thus one chronicle mentions that when 'the Ishmaelites came and conquered the land of the Philistines', the great priest was Nethanel; but on the other hand, it states that the death of Abii Bakr (which happened prior to the conquest of Palestine) took place during the time of Nethanel's successor, Eleazar; see the chronicle in Adler et Seligsohn, RE], 45(1902), 241; see Birmester, 13, on the Coptic fast.

21 THE CONQUEST Persians. 16 Mu}:tammad still hoped to lure the Arab tribes dwelling along the Palestinian borders to his side. At this stage, the Muslims' reconnaissance raid into Palestine is mentioned at a site called Dhat Atla}:t (apparently 'the place of the acacias'). Leading this foray stood Ka'b b. 'Umayr al-Ghirar'i. This attempt ended bitterly for the Muslims: everyone taking part in the action was killed except for one wounded man who was taken for dead and afterwards succeeded in reaching the Prophet.

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