The Arab conquestin Byzantine historical memory: The long view

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2022-04-12
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Byzantinische Zeitschrift
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0007-7704
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1868-9027
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Walter de Gruyter GmbH
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115
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1
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117 - 142
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English
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In recent decades, historians of the Arab conquest have increasingly turned away from positivist reconstructions of the events of the Arab conquest. Through thematic analysis of conquest narratives, scholars have illustrated how the early Islamic community articulated its identity. Byzantine narratives of the Arab conquest have generally not been considered from this perspective. This paper takes the long view of the Arab conquest illustrating how centuries of Byzantine writers and chroniclers articulated and rearticulated this memory, as their identity shifted along with their political and diplomatic relationships.

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