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Table of Contents Abbreviations List of Illustrations in the Text List of Maps (after page ...) Acknowledgments Introduction Four Roads to Damascus The Setting Legends of a Birth For Want of a Spade Chapter 1 - The Emergence of Damascus - 9000 - 1100 BC The First Villages Ta-ms-qu in Upu The Mother of All Battles A Wider Catastrophe Chapter 2 - Dimashqu - Damascus from the Aramaeans to the Persians - 1000 - 532 BC After the Turmoil An Aramaean Empire (Eleventh Century-733 BC) Aram-Damascus Neo-Assyria The City of the God Damascus in Aramaean Times The Temple Resurgent Assyria An Altar for Jerusalem Chapter 3 - A Greater Game - Assyrians, Persians, Greeks - 732 - 300 BC Assyrian Rule (732-572 BC) Neo-Babylonian Rule (572-532 BC) Achaemenid Persian Rule (532-325 BC) Damascus during the Twilight of the Ancient Near East After Issus (333-331 BC) A Hellenic Millennium Chapter 4 - The Sowing of Hellenism - Ptolemies and Seleucids - 300 - 64 BC Ptolemaic Rule - Third Century BC Damascus between Rival Dynasties Seleucid Rule - Second Century BC The Persistance of the Plan A Greek City Temple of Zeus A Hellenistic Civilisation? Chapter 5 - Pax Romana - 64 BC - AD 30 Rome Intervenes Pompey's Settlement The East Mediterranean Theatre Damascus and the Struggle for Empire Stabilising the Damascus Region Urge to Monumentalise Civic Works Chapter 6 - Metropolis Romana - AD 30 - 268 Who Were the Syrians? The City and Temple of Jupiter Importance of Cult Centres First Christian Mission An Imperial City The Syrian Princesses The Eastern Question Population City and Country Chapter 7 - Holding the Line - AD 269 - 610 Nature of the Persian Threat Hard and Soft Frontiers A Christian City Cathedral of Saint John Decline and Disintegration Who Were the Arabs|? 'Do It Yourself' Defence Doctrine Chapter 8 - 'Farewell, Oh Syria' - 611 - 750 Damascus - The First Bulwark The Great Field Army Perishes Arab Aims Heraclius Retreats Arab Administration Chapter 9 - The Umayyads - 661 - 750 Mu`awiya and the New Order The Umayyad Prism The `Alite Revolt Acquisition of the Church of Saint John The Building of the Mosque The Fantastic Garden Threshold of Paradise A Ninety Year Empire A Glorious Failure? PART TWO Foreword to Part Two - When Did the Ancient End? Chapter 10 - Decline, Confusion and Irrelevance - 750 - 1008 Ostracism (750-877) Teaching Damascus a Lesson Sullen Revolt Turkish Inroads, Tulunids (877-905) Shi`ism Fragmentation (905-964) Fatimids (969-1071) Seljuks (1055-1104) Arrival of the Burids (1104) First Madrasas Chapter 11 - Islam Resurgent - 1098 - 1174 Bulwark Against the Crusaders? Early Burids (Tughtakin 1104-28) Burids versus Zengids (1128-48) Jerusalem-Damascus-Aleppo The Second Crusade (1148) - 'Fiasco' Citadel of the Faith Jihad! Nur al-Din (1154-74) Nur al-Din's Monuments A New 'Golden Age' Chapter 12 - Saladin and the Ayyubids - 1174 - 1250 Saladin's Rise Hattin (1187) 'The Last Victory' The Ayyubid Succession Al-Muazzim `Isa (1218-28) Jerusalem Betrayed Al-Ashraf (1229-38) Back on the Periphery (1238-50) Courtly Society Chapter 13 - Mamluks - 1260 - 1515 The Central Asian Threat Baybars (1260-77) Return of the Mongols The Mamluk System A New Prosperity Foreigners Mamluk Building Tengiz's Governorship (1312- 40) Decline (1341-82) Burji Mamluks (1382-1516) Seige of Tamerlane (1401) A Venetian Window Collapse Chapter 14 - The Ottoman Centuries - 1516 - 1840 Military Rule The Hajj Midan Stability of Population Reshaping Damascus Municipal Services A New Role (1706-58) 'Age of the A`yans' Cathedrals of Commerce Acre's Rise - and Fall European Ambitions - Egypt Intervenes Chapter 15 - Reform and Reaction - 1840 - 1918 Tanzimat - Reform and Reaction 1860 Massacre A 'Little Istanbul' Telegraph, Road and Rail To Mecca by Train? The Great Fire of 1893 Suq al-Hamidiye The Damascus House Command for Monument Protection Arab Awakening 'To Damascus!' - the Great Ride Whose Damascus? Epilogue Appendices Glossary of Terms and Names Maps of City and Environs Bibliography Index
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication: Damascus (Syria) History