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The Arab Conquest of Egypt and the Last Thirty Years of the Roman Dominion (Classic Reprint) [Paperback]

Alfred Joshua Butler
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19 Jun 2012
For this book, so far as its purpose is concerned, perhaps no apology is needed. It aims at constructing a history, at once broad and detailed, of theS aracen conquest of Egypt. No such history has yet been written, although scattered essays on the subject may be found from Gibbon onwards brief sketches or chapters in some wider treatise upon the Roman or the Arab empire. Indeed the fact that no serious and minute study upon the conquest exists in any language is not a little remarkable: but it has been mainly due to two causes the scantiness of the material accessible to ordinary students, and the total want of agreement among the authorities, familiar or unfamiliar, eastern or western. The subject consequently has been wrapped in profound obscurity; to enter upon it was to enter a gloomy labyrinth of contradictions. This may seem exaggerated language: but it is no more than the truth, and it is borne out by the opinion of a very well-known writer, Mr. E. W. Brooks, who says: There is scarcely any important event in history of which the accounts are so vague and so discrepant as the capture of A lexandria. The whole history of the irruption of theS aracens into the [R oman] empire is indeed dark and obscure: but of all the events of this dark period the conquest of Egypt is the darkest To render this obscurity in some Myzaniim sche Zeilsckrift, 1895, p. 435.
(Typographical errors above are due to OCR software and don't occur in the book.)

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Forgotten Books is a publisher of historical writings, such as: Philosophy, Classics, Science, Religion, History, Folklore and Mythology.

Forgotten Books' Classic Reprint Series utilizes the latest technology to regenerate facsimiles of historically important writings. Careful attention has been made to accurately preserve the original format of each page whilst digitally enhancing the aged text.

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  • Paperback: 604 pages
  • Publisher: Forgotten Books (19 Jun 2012)
  • ASIN: B008HS7HZI
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15.2 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good history. 2 Dec 2013
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A good historical account that (astonishingly) has not really been improved upon in the last hundred years. The book does not whitewash either the Byzantines or the Islamic invaders - showing that neither were really favoured by the native Copts of Egypt. Indeed that, although persecuted by the Orthodox Byzantines, most Copts were horrified by the Islamic invasion of Egypt.

If the book has a flaw it is at the start (in the background) where I detect some unfairness towards the Emperor Maurice. Butler assumes that because the rule of the Emperor Maurice ended in failure there must have been some fault with the man - from the standpoint of security, the end of the Victorian era, it was easy (too easy) to judge rulers who had the ill fate to rule in rather more troubled times. Sudden violent upheaval sometimes comes without warning and there is no "right" way of dealing with it - as the recent uprisings in the Middle East (the so called "Arab Spring") show.
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