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Byzantium and the Arabs in the Sixth Century
Volume 1, Part 1, Political and Military History
Irfan Shahîd
In a volume devoted to the Arab federates of the Byzantine Empire, Shahîd draws on Greek, Syriac, and Arabic sources to trace the relationship between the Byzantines and Ghassānids.

Byzantium and the Arabs in the Sixth Century, volume 1, part 1, Political and Military History is devoted to the main Arabian tribes that were federates of the Byzantine Roman Empire. In the early sixth century, Constantinople shifted its Arab alliance from the Salīhids to the Kindites and especially the Ghassānids, who came to dominate Arab-Byzantine relations through the reign of Heraclius. Arranged chronologically, this study, the first in-depth account of the Ghassānids since the nineteenth century, draws widely from original sources in Greek, Syriac, and Arabic. Irfan Shahîd traces in detail the vicissitudes of the relationship between the Romans and the Ghassānids, and argues for the latter’s extensive role in the defense of the Byzantine Empire in its east.