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From Albania to Arrān


The East Caucasus between the Ancient and Islamic Worlds (ca. 330 BCE–1000 CE)


Edited by Robert Hoyland
The first ever study in English dedicated to Albania in Late Antiquity to the Medieval period.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
SKU (ISBN): 978-1-4632-3988-6
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Publication Status: In Print

Publication Date: Feb 10,2020
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 7 x 10
Page Count: 405
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-4632-3988-6
$114.95
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This volume is the first publication in English to discuss the nature and identity of the polity in the East Caucasus referred to by modern scholars as (Caucasian) Albania. The sporadic and fragmentary character of our sources for this polity means that it is difficult to construct a continuous narrative of its history, and so we offer here studies by leading specialists on particular aspects of it: geographical extent, religious and political machinations, material culture, interactions with neighboring states and key historical developments.

This volume is the first publication in English to discuss the nature and identity of the polity in the East Caucasus referred to by modern scholars as (Caucasian) Albania. The sporadic and fragmentary character of our sources for this polity means that it is difficult to construct a continuous narrative of its history, and so we offer here studies by leading specialists on particular aspects of it: geographical extent, religious and political machinations, material culture, interactions with neighboring states and key historical developments.

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Contributor Biography

Robert Hoyland

Robert G. Hoyland is a scholar and historian, specializing in the medieval history of the Middle East. He is a former student of historian Patricia Crone and was a Leverhulme Fellow at Pembroke College, Oxford. He is currently Professor of Late Antique and Early Islamic Middle Eastern History at New York University's Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, having previously been Professor of Islamic history at the Oriental Institute of the University of Oxford and a Professor of history at the University of St. Andrews and UCLA.

Table of Contents (v)
Acknowledgments (vii)
Abbreviations (ix) 
Transliteration & Conventions (xv)
Introduction (1)

I. HISTORIES & PERSPECTIVES (7)

1. Albania in Greek and Latin Texts: The Use and Utility of ‘Views from the West’ (9)
Lara Fabian

2. The Chronology of the Arsacid Albanians (29)
M.S. Gadjiev

3. Buldān al-Rān: The Many Definitions of Caucasian Albania in the Early Abbasid Period (37)
Alison Vacca

4. “The Wall of Rock and Lead”: Abbasid Reflections on Sasanian Caucasian Policy in Arrān (85)
Ryan Lynch

5. The Mission of Bishop Israyēl in the Context of the Historical Geography of Caucasian Albania (101)
M.S. Gadjiev

6. Arrān in the 9 -10 Centuries: Sahl ibn Sunbāṭ (d. ca. 850) and Marzubān b. Muḥammad b. Musāfir (d. 957) (121)
V. Minorsky

7. The Caucasus between Byzantium and the Caliphate (9th–10th c.) (149)
Constantin Zuckerman

8. Georgian Images of Caucasian Albania (191)
Stephen H. Rapp Jr.

II. MATERIAL CULTURE (217)

9. On the Cities of Ancient Caucasian Albania (219)
I.A. Babaev and J.A. Khalilov

10. Jerusalem in the Caucasus: Church Building and Relic Traditions in Late Antiquity (233)
Annegret Plontke-Lüning

11. The Medieval City of Bardha‘a (253)
A.B. Nuriev and Paul Wordsworth

12. Caucasian Albania and its First Capital City: Qabala (277)
Jeyhun Eminli

III. LANGUAGE & LITERATURE (305)

13. Peoples and Languages of Caucasian Albania: On the Language Continuum as an Alternative for Koine: Written Language and Vernacular Language (307)
A.K. Alikberov

14. The Deciphering of the Script of the Caucasian Albanians (335)
Zaza Aleksidzé, with Jean-Pierre Mahé

15. Caucasian Albania and its Historian (351)
James Howard-Johnston

Indices (371)

 

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