Al-Ḥijāz on the Eve of the Rise of Islam



In its broad outline Arabian history comprises three main eras:
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    The Sabaeo-Ḥimyarite period, ending at the beginning of the sixth century after Christ;

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    The Jāhilīyah period, which in a sense extends from “the creation of Adam” down to the mission of Muhammad, but more particularly, as used here, covers the century immediately preceding the rise of Islam;

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    The Islamic period, extending to the present day.



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© Philip K. Hitti 1970

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Princeton UniversityUSA

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