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Nomads, Tribes and the State in the Ancient Near East

Edited by Jeffrey Szuchman

Nomads, Tribes and the State in the Ancient Near East
Paperback, 304 pages £19.00
Published: 2009
ISBN: 9781885923615
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Subjects: Ancient Near East, Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago
Series: Oriental Institute Seminars

For decades, scholars have struggled to understand the complex relationship between pastoral nomadic tribes and sedentary peoples of the Near East. The Oriental Institute's fourth annual post-doc seminar (March 7-8, 2008), Nomads, Tribes, and the State in the Ancient Near East, brought together archaeologists, historians, and anthropologists to discuss new approaches to enduring questions in the study of nomadic peoples, tribes, and states of the past: What social or political bonds link tribes and states? Could nomadic tribes exhibit elements of urbanism or social hierarchies? How can the tools of historical, archaeological, and ethnographic research be integrated to build a dynamic picture of the social landscape of the Near East? This volume presents a range of data and theoretical perspectives from a variety of regions and periods, including prehistoric Iran, ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt, seventh-century Arabia, and nineteenth-century Jordan.

Publication Details:

 Paperback , 304 pages

BIC Code:
  HIS002000, SOC003000
 Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago


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