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L'espace syrien sous les derniers Omeyyades et les premiers Abbassides (v. 72-193/692-809)

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Cet ouvrage entend démontrer qu’une solide culture de l’écriture de l’histoire existait dans la Syrie du 2e/8e siècle, et propose de nouvelles approches méthodologiques afin d’offrir un accès vers cette historiographie perdue, tiraillée entre mémoire et oubli. En étudiant la fabrique des héros omeyyades ou des mythes d’origines abbassides, cette étude s’efforce de mettre au jour les significations successives données à l’histoire syrienne, et d’identifier les différentes strates d’écritures et de réécritures de l’histoire au cours des premiers siècles de l’islam. L’ensemble de ces éléments conduit à proposer une histoire du sens de l’espace syrien, articulée autour de la thématique du pouvoir, qui donne une profonde cohérence à la période, par-delà la césure dynastique de 132/750.

This book intends to demonstrate that a robust culture of historical writing existed in 2nd/8th century Syria, and to offer new methodological approaches to access this now lost history, torn between memory and oblivion. By studying the making of Umayyad heroes or Abbasid origins-myths, this study aims to reveal the successive meanings granted to Syrian history, and to identify the various layers of historical writing and rewriting during the first centuries of Islam. Taken together, these elements make possible a history of the meaning of the very space of Syria, articulated around power and its expression, which grants a clear coherence to the period, extending well beyond the dynastic caesura of 132/750.

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Antoine Borrut, docteur en histoire (2007), Université de Paris I-La Sorbonne, est professeur assistant à l'Université du Maryland, où il enseigne l'histoire de l'Islam médiéval. Il est l'auteur de plusieurs articles portant sur l'histoire et l'historiographie des premiers siècles de l'islam et a co-édité, avec Paul M. Cobb, un volume intitulé Umayyad Legacies. Medieval Memories from Syria to Spain (Leiden: E. J. Brill, 2010).

Antoine Borrut, Ph.D. (2007) in History, Université de Paris I-La Sorbonne, is Assistant Professor of Islamic History at the University of Maryland. He is the author of several articles dealing with early Islamic history and historiography and has co-edited with Paul M. Cobb a volume entitled Umayyad Legacies. Medieval Memories from Syria to Spain (Leiden: E. J. Brill, 2010).
Winner of the 21st World Book Award of the Islamic Republic of Iran, 2014.
Winner of the Syrian Studies Association Prize for the best book 2013.

"The sophistication and originality of Borrut's approach to source analysis makes his book an important contribution not only to our knowledge of Umayyad history, but also to the reflection on late Antique/early medieval historiography in general. [..] This is the first time since 2001 that an SSA prize is awarded to a study of a pre-Ottoman issue, and as far as we know, the first time ever it is awarded to a piece of research on the Umayyad Empire." – Thomas Pierret, University of Edinburgh - IMES, Prize Committee Chair, in: Syrian Studies Association Bulletin, Vol 18, No 2 (2013).
"Il n’en demeure pas moins que l’ouvrage d’Antoine Borrut qui témoigne d’une vaste erudition et d’une attention constante aux débats de la recherché contemporaine, ce qu’atteste une imposante bibliographie, deviendra sans doute, à juste raison, un classique des études sur la Syrie du second siècle de l’hégire." – Viviane Comerro, in: Bulletin critique des Annales islamologiques 28 (2012).
"This book is a welcome addition to the growing literature on the Umayyad period. It will certainly provoke additional discussions of the second/eighth century, as well as the later historiography that shaped our vision of the Umayyad era." – Steven C. Judd, in: Journal of the American Oriental Society 133.3 (2013).
"...engaging and deeply intelligent book [...]" – Matthew Gordon, in: Al-Masaq. Journal of the Medieval Mediterranean 2013.
Tous ceux intéressés par l'histoire de l'Islam médiéval, l'historiographie médiévale, la mémoire et l'oubli, ainsi que les pratiques pré-modernes du pouvoir.

All those interested in medieval Islamic history, medieval historiography, memory studies, and pre-modern practices of power.
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