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The Resource The pre-Islamic Middle East, Martin Sicker, (electronic resource)

The pre-Islamic Middle East, Martin Sicker, (electronic resource)

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The pre-Islamic Middle East
Title
The pre-Islamic Middle East
Statement of responsibility
Martin Sicker
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
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Sicker, Martin
Dewey number
939/.4
LC call number
DS62.2
LC item number
.S54 2000
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Middle East
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  • Sicker explores the political history of the Middle East from antiquity to the Arab conquest from a geopolitical perspective. He provides ample evidence that geographical and religious factors conditioning political decision-making have tended to promote military solutions to essentially political problems, a pattern that characterizes subsequent events in the region
  • Sicker explores the political history of the Middle East from antiquity to the Arab conquest from a geopolitical perspective. He argues that there are a number of relatively constant environmental factors that have helped condition<&#47;i>-not determine-the course of Middle Eastern political history from ancient times to the present. These factors, primarily, but not exclusively geography and topography, contributed heavily to establishing the patterns of state development and interstate relations in the Middle East that have remained remarkably consistent throughout the troubled history of the region. In addition to geography and topography, the implications of which are explored in depth, religion has also played a major political role in conditioning the pattern of Middle Eastern history. The Greeks first introduced the politicization of religious belief into the region in the form of pan-Hellenism, which essentially sought to impose Greek forms of popular religion and culture on the indigenous peoples of the region as a means of solidifying Greek political control. This ultimately led to religious persecution as a state policy. Subsequently, the Persian Sassanid Empire adopted Zoroastrianism as the state religion for the same purpose and with the same result. Later, when Armenia adopted Christianity as the state religion, followed soon after by the Roman Empire, religion and the intolerance it tended to breed became fundamental ingredients, in regional politics and have remained such ever since. Sicker shows that the political history of the pre-Islamic Middle East provides ample evidence that the geopolitical and religious factors conditioning political decision-making tended to promote military solutions to political problems, making conflict resolution through war the norm, with the peaceful settlement of disputes quite rare. A sweeping synthesis that will be of considerable interest to scholars, students, and others concerned with Middle East history and politics as well as international relations and ancient history
Label
The pre-Islamic Middle East, Martin Sicker, (electronic resource)
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [213]-219) and index
Contents
  • Machine generated contents note: 1. The Middle East in Early Antiquity -- 2. Egypt and Asia -- 3. The Rise and Decline of Assyria -- 4. The Rise and Fall of Media -- 5. The Empire of the Achaemenids -- 6. The Persian-Greek Wars -- 7. The Macedonian Conquest -- 8. The Dissolution of Alexander's Empire -- 9. Reconfiguration of the Middle East -- 10. Rome Enters the Middle East -- 11. The Roman-Parthian Conflict -- 12. The Struggle over the Euphrates Frontier -- 13. The Roman-Persian Stalemate -- 14. The Era of Shapur II -- 15. The Struggle for Persia's Frontiers -- 16. End of the Sassanid Empire -- Afterword -- Bibliography -- Index
  • Machine generated contents note: 1. The Middle East in Early Antiquity -- 2. Egypt and Asia -- 3. The Rise and Decline of Assyria -- 4. The Rise and Fall of Media -- 5. The Empire of the Achaemenids -- 6. The Persian-Greek Wars -- 7. The Macedonian Conquest -- 8. The Dissolution of Alexander's Empire -- 9. Reconfiguration of the Middle East -- 10. Rome Enters the Middle East -- 11. The Roman-Parthian Conflict -- 12. The Struggle over the Euphrates Frontier -- 13. The Roman-Persian Stalemate -- 14. The Era of Shapur II -- 15. The Struggle for Persia's Frontiers -- 16. End of the Sassanid Empire -- Afterword -- Bibliography -- Index
Control code
OCM1bookssj0000226433
Dimensions
unknown
Isbn
9780275968908
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
99054421
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(WaSeSS)bookssj0000226433
Label
The pre-Islamic Middle East, Martin Sicker, (electronic resource)
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [213]-219) and index
Contents
  • Machine generated contents note: 1. The Middle East in Early Antiquity -- 2. Egypt and Asia -- 3. The Rise and Decline of Assyria -- 4. The Rise and Fall of Media -- 5. The Empire of the Achaemenids -- 6. The Persian-Greek Wars -- 7. The Macedonian Conquest -- 8. The Dissolution of Alexander's Empire -- 9. Reconfiguration of the Middle East -- 10. Rome Enters the Middle East -- 11. The Roman-Parthian Conflict -- 12. The Struggle over the Euphrates Frontier -- 13. The Roman-Persian Stalemate -- 14. The Era of Shapur II -- 15. The Struggle for Persia's Frontiers -- 16. End of the Sassanid Empire -- Afterword -- Bibliography -- Index
  • Machine generated contents note: 1. The Middle East in Early Antiquity -- 2. Egypt and Asia -- 3. The Rise and Decline of Assyria -- 4. The Rise and Fall of Media -- 5. The Empire of the Achaemenids -- 6. The Persian-Greek Wars -- 7. The Macedonian Conquest -- 8. The Dissolution of Alexander's Empire -- 9. Reconfiguration of the Middle East -- 10. Rome Enters the Middle East -- 11. The Roman-Parthian Conflict -- 12. The Struggle over the Euphrates Frontier -- 13. The Roman-Persian Stalemate -- 14. The Era of Shapur II -- 15. The Struggle for Persia's Frontiers -- 16. End of the Sassanid Empire -- Afterword -- Bibliography -- Index
Control code
OCM1bookssj0000226433
Dimensions
unknown
Isbn
9780275968908
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
99054421
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(WaSeSS)bookssj0000226433

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