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This front matter section of this book on Al-Ḥīra contains the Table of Contents, the Preface and the Principal Abbreviations used. The book draws a vivid portrait of this Late Antique Arab metropolis, located on the frontier between Byzantium and Sasanian Iran. Based on new archaeological and textual evidence, the book documents al--Ḥīra's historical impact far beyond its well-known role in literary history and describes its creation of a distinctly Arabic urban cultural symbiosis that drew on neighboring civilizations. The original text of the chapter is in German.

Keywords: Arab metropolis; Byzantium; civilizations; cultural symbiosis; Sasanian



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