Among the Himyarites

Posted on by Frank Brinkley

This slim book, a mere 140 small-format pages of text, has heroic aims. Its author wishes not only to disentangle the vicissitudes over two centuries of the wartorn, relatively fertile southwestern portion of the Arabian peninsula (the Himyar of antiquity, today’s Yemen), but also to reconstruct the political and religious circumstances from which Muhammad’s creed […]

Med Men

Posted on by Frank Brinkley

‘I don’t have time for all that weird stuff. Cut it out!’ The professor was berating me for a passage in a textbook for US undergraduates. The weird stuff was about Mediterranean peoples of the first millennium BC: the Garamantes, who crossed the Sahara in chariots and built underground irrigation channels in the arid Fezzan; the […]

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