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Egypt, Tripolis and Barqah Acquired

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Abstract

The strategic position of Egypt, lying so dangerously near to both Syria and al-Ḥijāz, the richness of its grain-producing soil, which made the land the granary of Constantinople, the fact that its capital Alexandria was the base of the Byzantine navy and that the country was the door to the rest of the North African corridor—all these considerations caused Arabian eyes to turn covetously towards the valley of the Nile quite early in the era of expansion.

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Notes

  1. 1.
    Ibn-Hajar, al-Isābah fi Tamyīt al-.Sahābah, vol. v(Cairo, 1907), p. 3.Google Scholar
  2. 4.
    See A. J. Butler, The Arab Conquest of Egypt (Oxford, 1902), pp. 245–7.Google Scholar
  3. 2.
    H. Zotenberg, Chronique de Jean, évêque de Nikiou. Texts éthiopien, withtranslation (Paris, 1883), P. 450.Google Scholar

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© Philip K. Hitti 1970

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Princeton UniversityUSA

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