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Title: The Arabs of north Arabia in later pre-Islamic times : Qedar, Nebaioth, and others
Author: Shuaib, Marwan Ghazi
ISNI:       0000 0004 5359 8886
Awarding Body: University of Manchester
Current Institution: University of Manchester
Date of Award: 2014
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This study discusses the history of the Arabs of north Arabia in later pre-Islamic times. This study provides an in-depth discussion of Arab ethnicity, which contributes to the improvement of our knowledge regarding this controversial issue. This study argues that the Arab nation is, in fact, a very old one of great importance, but the Arabs themselves had no consciousness of their unity and did not leave inscriptions proclaiming their identity as Arabs or claim to be the rightful proprietors of specific territories. An examination is made of the reasons behind the emergence of kingship in different communities through the course of history, in order to determine the general features of kingship. This study demonstrates that kingship in north Arabia had almost every feature of kingship as it appeared in other places. Particular attention is paid in the study to delivering a full and coherent account of the history of Qedar. Although, some scholars have tried to write the history of Qedar, their works remain fragmentary or inconsistent. Basing the examination not merely on most of the previous works, we subject those works to a comparison with the Assyrian inscriptions. By so doing, it has proved possible to critique the previous works and clarify many ambiguous issues in Qedarite history. Moreover, this study contributes to the improvement of our knowledge regarding Nebaioth and Na-ba-a-a-ti and their relationship with the Nabataeans. This study finds that the Nebaioth and Nabataeans were different, contemporary groups living during the sixth century BCE, even though the first direct and uncontested evidence of the Nabataeans of Petra comes from the late fourth century BCE, when the Nabataeans made their first clear appearance in Diodorus Siculus in connection with the expansion of the Seleucid Empire (312 BCE). The main settlement centres in north Arabia are discussed in depth in Chapter Five. This study traces the history of Tayma, Adummatu and Dedan, establishing the importance of those oases and their relationship with Mesopotamia. The discussion of those oases produces useful results, which contribute to improving our knowledge and assist in our understanding of issues relating to the history of those sites.
Supervisor: Healey, John; Buckley, Ronald Sponsor: King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Arab History, Qedar, Ethnicity, Kingship, Assyrian Inscriptions, ; Nebaioth, Nabataeans, Saba, Tayma, Adummatu, Dedan ; Social Structure, Arab Religion, Neo-Babylonian, Nabonidus