"This is an impressive scholarly study based on Arabic sources. Interdisciplinary in approach, it deals with questions of architecture and archeology, historiography and narrative. It shows how the transition from late antiquity to the Islamic era in Syria was not a replacement of a Byzantine-Christian civilization by an Arab-Muslim one, but a subtle transformation and blending of the two. It is well written, and illuminating in its conclusions." --Ira M. Lapidus, Professor Emeritus of History, University of California at Berkeley
"Damascus after the Muslim Conquest is a superb study that situates early Muslim Syria in the context of the intellectual, religious, and social trends of the Near East in Late Antiquity, and explains the factors that influenced and motivated medieval Muslims (at the scholarly and popular levels) to shape their attitudes to and perceptions of sanctity, monuments, and space as they relate to Damascus and Syria. Nancy Khalek brings both periods into an active conversation, exhibiting in the process an impressive command of the source material, languages, and theoretical framework. It is an outstanding contribution to the field."--Suleiman A. Mourad, Elizabeth Mugar Eveillard 1969 Director of the Global Studies Center and Professor of Religion, Smith College
"Judiciously uses earlier, fragmented, and lesser-known 'narratives,' some of which havenever been questioned, for their portrayal of Syrian-Islamic culture in its earliest manifestations."--The Journal of Interdisciplinary History
Nancy Khalek is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Brown University.