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Migration and Migrant Identities in the Middle East from Antiquity to the Middle Ages

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Justin Yoo (Editor), Andrea Zerbini (Editor), Caroline Barron (Editor)

Original languageEnglish
PublisherRoutledge
Number of pages296
ISBN (Print)978-1-47-245066
Accepted/In press31 May 2018

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Abstract

This book brings together recent developments in modern migration theory, a wide range of sources, new and old tools revisited (from GIS to epigraphic studies, from stable isotope analysis to the study of literary sources) and case studies from the ancient Eastern Mediterranean which illustrate how new theories and techniques are helping to give a better understanding of migratory flows and diaspora communities in the ancient Near East. A geographical gap has emerged in studies of historical migration as recent works have focused on migration and mobility in the western part of the Roman Empire and thus fail to bring a significant contribution to the study of diaspora communities in the Eastern Mediterranean. Bridging this gap represents a major scholarly desideratum and, by drawing upon the experiences of previously neglected migrant and diaspora communities in the eastern Mediterranean from the Hellenistic period to the early medieval world, this collection of essays approaches migration studies with new perspectives and methodologies, shedding light not only on the study of migrants in the ancient world, but also on broader issues concerning the rationale for mobility and the creation and features of diaspora identities.

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