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The Oxford Handbook Of Late Antiquity

Author : Scott Johnson
ISBN : 9780190277536
Genre : Byzantine Empire
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The Oxford Handbook of Late Antiquity offers an innovative overview of a period (c. 300-700 CE) that has become increasingly central to scholarly debates over the history of western and Middle Eastern civilizations. This volume covers such pivotal events as the fall of Rome, the rise of Christianity, the origins of Islam, and the early formation of Byzantium and the European Middle Ages. These events are set in the context of widespread literary, artistic, cultural, and religious change during the period. The geographical scope of this Handbook is unparalleled among comparable surveys of Late Antiquity; Arabia, Egypt, Central Asia, and the Balkans all receive dedicated treatments, while the scope extends to the western kingdoms, and North Africa in the West. Furthermore, from economic theory and slavery to Greek and Latin poetry, Syriac and Coptic literature, sites of religious devotion, and many others, this Handbook covers a wide range of topics that will appeal to scholars from a diverse array of disciplines. The Oxford Handbook of Late Antiquity engages the perennially valuable questions about the end of the ancient world and the beginning of the medieval, while providing a much-needed touchstone for the study of Late Antiquity itself.
Category: Byzantine Empire

South Arabian Art

Author : Sabina Antonini de Maigret
ISBN : 270180325X
Genre : Arabian Peninsula
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"The ancient Kingdoms of South Arabia have been recognized as the cradle of civilization for the Arabian Peninsula and their contribution to the identity of Arabia cannot be underestimated. For the first time, this volume provides scholars and students a coherent synthesis of South Arabian art, from its origins, to its gradual development in a distinctive local art and, finally, to its decline with the advent of Islam. Each chapter provides a historical summary of the period, a review of representative art and a discussion of the distinctive character, stylistic and iconographic originality of South Arabian art, shaped by a creative interpretation of external influences."--P. 4 of cover.
Category: Arabian Peninsula

The Yemeni Manuscript Tradition

Author : David Hollenberg
ISBN : 9789004289765
Genre : History
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The Yemeni Manuscript Tradition offers new scholarly contributions to the study of the manuscript codex and Zaydi scholastic culture in Yemen from the rise of the Islam to the modern period.
Category: History

Building A World Heritage City

Author : Michele Lamprakos
ISBN : 9781317171096
Genre : Social Science
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The conservation of old Sanaa is a major cultural heritage initiative that began in the 1980's under the auspices of UNESCO; it continues today, led by local agencies and actors. In contrast to other parts of the world where conservation was introduced at a later date to remediate the effects of modernization, in Yemen the two processes have been more or less concurrent. This has resulted in a paradox: unlike many other countries in the Middle East that abandoned traditional construction practices long ago, in Yemen these practices have not died out. Builders and craftsmen still work in 'traditional' construction, and see themselves as caretakers of the old city. At the same time, social forms that shaped the built fabric persist in both the old city and the new districts. Yemenis, in effect, are not separated from their heritage by an historical divide. What does it mean to conserve in a place where the 'historic past' is, in some sense, still alive? How must international agencies and consultants readjust theory and practice as they interact with living representatives of this historic past? And what are the implications of the case of Sanaa for conservation in general? Building a World Heritage City addresses these questions and also fosters greater cultural understanding of a little known, but geopolitically important, part of the world that is often portrayed exclusively in terms of unrest and political turmoil.
Category: Social Science

Manuscript Cultures Mapping The Field

Author : Jörg Quenzer
ISBN : 9783110225631
Genre : Philosophy
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What do Mesoamerica, Greece, Byzantium, Island, Chad, Ethiopia, India, Tibet, China and Japan have in common? Like many other cultures of the world, they share a particular form of cultural heritage: ancient handwritten documents. This volume offers in 16 articles on philological, cultural, and material aspects of manuscripts a common ground across disciplines and cultures.
Category: Philosophy

Silver Treasures From The Land Of Sheba

Author : Marjorie Ransom
ISBN : 9789774166006
Genre : Antiques & Collectibles
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Silver Treasures from the Land of Sheba documents a disappearing artistic and cultural tradition with over three hundred photographs showing individual pieces, rare images of women wearing their jewelry with traditional dress, and the various regions in Yemen where the author did her field research. Ransom's descriptions of the people she met and befriended, and her exploration of the significance of a woman's handmade jewelry with its attributes of power, protection, beauty, and personal identity, are a rich source of information that will appeal to ethnic jewelry fans, ethnographers, jewelry designers, and art historians. Amulet cases, hair ornaments, bridal headdresses, earrings, necklaces, ankle and wrist bracelets are all beautifully photographed in intricate detail, interspersed with the author's own photographs of the women who shared their stories and their hospitality with her. A chapter on the history of silversmithing in Yemen tells the surprising story of the famed Jewish Yemeni silversmiths, many of whom left Yemen in the late 1940s. This is the first in-depth study of Yemeni silver, uniquely illustrated with photographs of a world that is transforming before our eyes, and animated with the portraits of a precious legacy.
Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Amiriya Madrasa

Author : Selma M. S. Al-Radi
ISBN : 8890190310
Genre : Mural painting and decoration, Arab
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Category: Mural painting and decoration, Arab


Author : Steven C. Caton
ISBN : 9781598849288
Genre : History
File Size : 80.46 MB
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Yemen is a country that is critical to U.S. security and our political interests, yet most Americans know virtually nothing about it. This book unlocks its secrets and explains its complexities in simple yet compelling language. • Supplies a deep examination of a country that most policy experts only possess a superficial knowledge of • Provides insights into why tribes have been crucial throughout Yemen's history and even to the modern day • Reveals why characterizations of Yemen as "a weak state," "lawless," or "lacking a rule of law" are inaccurate and simplistic
Category: History

World Water Vision

Author : William J. Cosgrove
ISBN : 9781134201624
Genre : Law
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More than a billion people cannot get safe drinking water; half the world's population does not have adequate sanitation; within a generation over three billion will be suffering from water stress. This text analyzes the issues in this crisis of management and shows how water can be used effectively and productively. The key to sustainable water resources is an integrated approach. The authors assert that careful planning and concerted action can make the fundamental changes needed and that the implications of not dealing with the crisis are immense. The book comes with a CD ROM containing background research and scenarios.
Category: Law

Urban Planning In The Middle East

Author : John Yarwood
ISBN : 9781443832649
Genre : Art
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This book describes diverse urban planning projects in Turkey, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates (Dubai and Sharjah) Kuwait, Afghanistan, Albania, Syria and Yemen. One thing in common between these countries is that the author has personally worked on all of these projects, and thus the book is a partial professional autobiography. Each chapter tackles not only a different country but also a different aspect of urban planning and development, as follows: upgrading or improving recent illegal or informal slums, including detailed local planning and strategic planning; urban conservation of Al Muharraq, a historic Gulf city; traditional building construction as a reference point for modern design; urban design of new city centre areas in three prosperous Gulf cities – Kuwait, Dubai and Sharjah; the recreation – post-war – of an urban planning system in Kabul; a historical account of urban planning in the Zog-Mussolini period in Albania, which is contrasted with the currently collapsed system; an account of urban economic regeneration in Syria; and local planning aiming at economic revival in Aden. These essays articulate eight themes: tradition versus modernism; regionalism and identity; the property market in the urban economy; privacy, the family/tribe etc.; arts and crafts, industrialised construction; the impact of the motor car, and urban infrastructure; the courtyard house; and public administration, local politics and corruption. The book will be of interest to urban and regional planners, infrastructure engineers, urban economists, architects, urban managers and local government experts as well as those with an interest in the region itself. The book will be useful as an academic textbook in the region, because it presents a wide range of views of the topic, and a wide spread of countries and backgrounds.
Category: Art