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Witnesses to a World CrisisHistorians and Histories of the Middle East in the Seventh Century$
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James Howard-Johnston

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199208593

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199208593.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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(p.1) Introduction
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Witnesses to a World Crisis
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James Howard‐Johnston

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199208593.003.0001

After an outline of seventh‐century historical developments in western Eurasia, the procedure to be followed is outlined. The evidence of twenty‐six non‐Muslim witnesses will be examined, evaluated, and summarized, beginning with those best placed to gather reliable information. The scenarios constructed on the basis of their collective testimony will then be used to test the worth of Islamic historical traditions. Finally, the results of the investigation will be used to reconstruct the history of the Middle East in the seventh century.

Keywords:   Eurasia, witness, testimony, Middle East

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