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This introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in the book Entre mémoire et pouvoir: L'espace syrien sous les derniers Omeyyades et les premiers Abbassides (v. 72-193/692-809). The case of the Syrian area of 2nd to 8th century, which is the subject of this book, is particularly problematic. One reason is the fact that the story of Sam Umayyad was produced in Abbasid Iraq by historians writing under the dynasty that overthrew the old masters in Damascus. But the finding of P. Crone is perhaps even more striking given that it opens up the Abbasid era. In the perspective of history of the memory and history of the senses, this book offers a new approach to the Syrian area of the 2nd / 8th century, highlighting the historiographical projects and Abbasid Umayyad and practices of power. The original text of the chapter is in French.

Keywords: Abbasid Iraq; memory; power; Sam Umayyad; Syria



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