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In: To the Madbar and Back Again
In: Jacob of Edessa and the Syriac Culture of His Day
In: From al-Andalus to Khurasan
In: Islamic Cultures, Islamic Contexts
In: The Biography of Muḥammad


This article looks at the routes by which knowledge of the Greco-Roman past was transmitted from late antiquity by Christian communities living under Muslim rule. The process involved translation from Greek to Syriac and from Greek and Syriac to Arabic. Once in Arabic, the lingua franca of the Abbasid Middle East, this historical material could be used by Muslim scholars to work into their histories of the pre-Islamic Middle East. This article also shows that historical texts could easily cross interconfessional lines and that their transmission, although handled very differently to scientific texts, was still part of the broader transfer of late antique culture to the Islamic Empire that is commonly referred to as the Graeco-Arabic translation movement.

In: Quaderni di Studi Arabi