The Nabataean and other Petty Kingdoms of North and Central Arabia



Aside from the South Arabian kingdoms a few petty states evolved during the pre-Islamic period in the northern and central parts of the peninsula. These North Arabian states, like those of the south, drew their strength mainly from commerce and were in no sense militaristic either in their inception or in their development. The earliest among them was the Nabataean kingdom.


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© Philip K. Hitti 1970

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  1. 1.Princeton UniversityUSA

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