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Resources for studying the Byzantine Empire and the Rise of Islam
A Short History of Byzantium
From History Today, an article that celebrates the Eastern Empire's artistic heritage and its pivotal role in shaping Europe and the Islamic world of the Middle Ages.
The Middle East and North Africa : The Rise and Expansion of Islam 500-1500
From The Encyclopedia of World History (accessed through the Alabama Virtual Library),This is a great survey of the rise of Islam. It is hard to read online. A paper copy is in the library if you would like to see it.
An article from ABC-CLIO about the Muslim Conquests of 624-982 particularly in regard to the Byzantine Empire.
Best of Enemies
Christian Byzantium and the Muslim Abbasid Caliphate were bitter rivals. Yet they had to work together.....Article from History Today
The Fall of Constantinople
An article from History Today, 1953, that describes how the last remnants of the Byzantine Empire finally disappeared.
Arab Invasions: The First Islamic Empire
From History Today, 2011, this article relates the story of Arab invasions into North Africa during the seventh century.
An overview of of the Byzantine Empire from the ABC-CLIO database.
Eastern Orthodox Church
An article on the Eastern Orthodox Church – the division from the Roman Church, the political origins of “eastern” Christianity, the Nicaea Council, into the Crusades. Easy read. From ABC CLIO
Return of the Relics: Reconciling East and West
This is another ABC CLIO article that talks about the schism between East and West – in regard to the roman Empire and Christianity and the growing role the expansion of Islam had in creating pressure. It gets into some specific aspects of early Christian theology that split east and west. It touches upon how the Crusades were a final straw in destroying the link between east and west
Islam's Forgotten Scholars
An examination of the of some neglected but remarkable women scholars from the Islamic word during the Middle Ages.
A Short History of Byzantium by
Call Number: 949.5 Nor
Publication Date: 1998-12-29
Daily Life in the Byzantine Empire by
Call Number: 949.5 Rau
Publication Date: 2006-02-01
The Oxford History of Byzantium by
Call Number: 949.5 Man
Publication Date: 2002-12-05
A History of Private Life by
Call Number: 390 His Vol. 1
Publication Date: 1992-09-01
From Pagan Rome to Byantium
Daily Life in the Medieval Islamic World by
Call Number: 909 Lin
Publication Date: 2005-06-01
The Middle Ages by
Call Number: 940.1 Cor
Publication Date: 1990-03-01
Call Number: 949.5 McN
Publication Date: 2003-01-01
Call Number: 949.5 She
Publication Date: 1966
Milestone Documents of World Religions by
Call Number: REF 200 MIL V.1
Publication Date: 2010-12-01
Call Number: B The
Publication Date: 2004-05-01
ABC-CLIO : World History: Ancient and Medieval Eras
This database provides good broad articles on the topics of the Byzantine Empire as well as the Rise of Islam. Broad search terms such as Byzantine Empire or Byzantium work for overviews. Use Rise of Islam just Islam for overviews on that topic. Don't forget to use the Perspectives section for good articles about the "how" and "why" of large historical topics such as the Fall of Constantinople.
History Study Center
Again, using broad search terms will bring back survey articles. The Study Units will provide great overviews on your topic. The journal articles are limited, but from great scholarly works. There are many primary sources in the Historical Documents section.
Salem Press History
Salem Press is mostly biographies and primary sources. If you know of a key player in history, this is the pace to go for more facts. Constantine or Muhammad for example. For a helpful index to what is covered, click on the subject index tab.
J STOR has a wealth of scholarly articles in many topics. Searching broadly here will not work. Narrow your topic as best you can using keywords and search limiters. Make sure you filter your result to those things you can gt in full text.
Don't forget the Alabama Virtual Library! They have many great sources we can use. In this case EBSCOhost Search is a good option. Limit your search to History Reference Center and then again by time period for faster results.
Brittanica High School
The Britannica High School Edition in the Alabama Virtual Library has a GREAT article about the Byzantine Empire - covering all topics. Don't overlook it!
Islamic Heritage Project - Harvard University
From the Houghton Library and the Harvard Art Museum/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, over 280 manuscripts dating from the 10th to the 20th centuries CE. These Islamic manuscripts constitute a record of the diverse artistic traditions, literary cultures, learning traditions, and religious interpretations of the pre-modern Islamic world.
Coins of the Byzantine Empire
Take a virtual tour of Byzantine Artifacts at the Archeological Museum in Istanbul. Coins from the Byzantine era with images of rulers and gods.
Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History from The Metropolitan Museum of Art