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By Robert G. Hoyland

Lengthy sooner than Muhammed preached the faith of Islam, the population of his local Arabia had performed a big position in international historical past as either retailers and warriors
Arabia and the Arabs presents the one updated, one-volume survey of the sector and its peoples, from prehistory to the arriving of Islam
Using a variety of resources - inscriptions, poetry, histories, and archaeological proof - Robert Hoyland explores the most cultural components of Arabia, from historic Sheba within the south, to the deserts and oases of the north. He then examines the most important topics of
*the economy
*society
*religion
*art, structure and artefacts
*language and literature
*Arabhood and Arabisation
The quantity is illustrated with greater than 50 pictures, drawings and maps.

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This latter incident could refer to the campaign of Artaxerxes in 343 BC or possibly to that of Cambyses in 525 BC, or else to some more minor skirmish that occurred between the two powers. In lists recording payment for foreign women to be admitted into Minaean society (M 392–98) there are thirty-two mentions of Gaza, a city that enjoyed great prosperity and fame during the Persian period (539–334 BC). One Minaean trader died in Egypt and inscribed on his sarcophagus that ‘he imported myrrh and calamus for the temples of the gods of Egypt’ (M 338).

They stationed a small garrison for a time on the island of Ikaros. And Ikadion, a high-up official close to Seleucus II (246–226 BC) wrote a letter to its inhabitants and their representative about the transfer of a local sanctuary and reported that ‘the king is concerned about the island of Ikaros’. 147), ‘the coast from Charax onwards was explored for king [Antiochus] Epiphanes [175–164 BC]’. But, like Alexander before them, they established no permanent presence, and while the peoples and polities of the Gulf were in touch with the Greek world, exchanging goods and ideas, they nevertheless remained outside its boundaries.

His personal motive was probably to better Alexander the Great, who had long fascinated him and who had once boasted to his tutor, in vain, that he would conquer the incense-producing lands. To this end Augustus dispatched in 26 BC the commander Aelius Gallus: to explore the tribes and the places, not only in Arabia, but also in Ethiopia, since Caesar saw that the Troglodyte country which adjoins Egypt neighbours upon Arabia, and also that the Arabian Gulf, which separates the Arabs from the Troglodytes, is extremely narrow.

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