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Studies on Arabia in Honour of G. Rex Smith by Venetia Porter, John F. Healey

Studies on Arabia in Honour of G. Rex Smith



Studies on Arabia in Honour of G. Rex Smith by Venetia Porter, John F. Healey

This collection of essays was put together to honour a lifetime's academic achievement by Professor G. Rex Smith, arabist, historian and scholar of the medieval history of the Yemen. Written by his friends, colleagues and former students, these essays reflect his wide ranging interests in the history and culture of Arabia from the pre-Islamic era until modern times. Focusing principally on the region covered by present-day Saudi Arabia and the Yemen, the topics include epigraphy, philology, architecture, anthropology, customary law, and aspects of the history of medieval Yemen. Together these essays offer an insight into the many important aspects of research being undertaken into the rich and fascinating culture of this region.

About the Author

Venetia Porter is currently a Curator of the Islamic collections in the Department of Oriental Antiquities at the British Museum. She studied Arabic and Islamic Art at Oxford and did her Ph.D on 'The history and monuments of the Taharid dynasty of Yemen' with Professor G. Rex Smith at the University of Durham. She is also Chairman of the Seminar of Arabian Studies. John Healey is Professor of Semitic Studies in the University of Manchester. His research has been concentrated on Ugaritc and Aramaic studies, especially epigraphy and religion.

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Publication date

23rd May 2002


Venetia Porter, John F. Healey

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Oxford University Press


363 pages


Cultural studies



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