Identity, Philosophy, and the Problem of Armenian History in the Sixth Century

Andrews, Tara Lee (2013). Identity, Philosophy, and the Problem of Armenian History in the Sixth Century. In: Wood, Philip (ed.) History and Identity in the Late Antique Near East. Oxford studies in late antiquity (pp. 29-42). New York: Oxford University Press 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199915408.001.0001

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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.

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06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies > Institute of Classical Philology

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Andrews, Tara Lee


800 Literature, rhetoric & criticism
400 Language
100 Philosophy > 180 Ancient, medieval & eastern philosophy




Oxford studies in late antiquity


Oxford University Press




Tara Lee Andrews

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04 Jul 2014 10:12

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21 Jul 2014 18:13

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Ancient History, General History, Medieval History, Middle East, General Religion, Social Science, Islamic Studies


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