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The Making of the Medieval Middle East

Jack Tannous


In the second half of the first millennium CE, the Christian Middle East fractured irreparably into competing churches and Arabs conquered the region, setting in motion a process that would lead to its eventual conversion to Islam. This book argues that key to understanding these dramatic religious transformations are ordinary religious believers, often called “the simple” in late antique and medieval sources. Largely agrarian and illiterate, these Christians outnumbered Muslims well into the era of the Crusades, and yet they have typically been invisible in our understanding of the Middle Eas ... More

Keywords: Christian Middle East, Islam, religious believers, Christians, Muslims, Middle Ages

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780691179094
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691179094.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jack Tannous, author
Princeton University