Israel Oriental Studies: Volume 4

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In what can only be described as a monumental scholarly achievement, these six volumes provide a sense of the historical, social, and religious; characteristics of the Middle East that is only barely hinted at by the modest general title: Israel Oriental Studies. Essays of exceptional importance -- ranging from the conversion of Egypt to Islam, Qumran and Iran, Military Society of the Mamluks, Medieval Interpretations of Dreams -- are herein included. These are not simply pedagogic exercises, but in their totality strongly indicate the integral and or-: ganic nature of the Middle East -- and its Arabic, Jewish, and Christian components.