I am very fascinated by the Umayyad Invasion of Gaul (the Arabic wiki-page on this subject is very interesting, though it starts with a lengthy description of the condition of Franks) and I am looking for a book SOLELY from start to end dedicated to this subject. I tried to find it on the Internet but to no avail, maybe there is not a single book on the Umayyad Invasion of Gaul due to the ephemerality of the invasion: I don't know for sure; but if indeed there is, please give reference/URL address.

EDIT: The book is preferable, but any research paper on the subject will do also!

Thanks in advance!

  • Why it was down-voted? Any reason? – user36339 Jan 22 '19 at 22:35
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    I believe it is because they dont really like questions looking for a source. See history.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/3866/… . I upvoted you so you are back to zero at least. – ed.hank Jan 22 '19 at 22:37
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    Modern historians do not typically use the name "Gaul" to refer to this area at this time -- After the Merovingian victory at Soissons in 486, it's the "Frankish kingdom" or just "France". There are many results if you do a Google Books search for the Battle of Tours. – Spencer Jan 22 '19 at 22:53
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    @Spencer Thank you for providing me with reference books! But I think that those books only speak about Charles Martel's role in the battle not on the Umayyad Invasion of Francia on the whole, 'from start to end', as I have said. – user36339 Jan 22 '19 at 22:58
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    Yes, generally for users, I'd suggest asking questions about the thing they want to read up on. (EG: "How much do we really know about the Umayyad invasion of Gaul?") and then hope answers reference good reading material on the subject. That's probably an unreasonable thing to expect out of new users such as yourself though, and it might not even pay off. – T.E.D. Jan 22 '19 at 23:04

Consider this doctoral dissertation: The hammer and the crescent: Contacts between Andalusi Muslims, Franks, and their successors in three waves of Muslim expansion into Francia, available at https://repository.upenn.edu/dissertations/AAI9112639/

It is based on an analysis of the original source material. You can preview the introductory chapter for free.

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  • Despite my ticking the above answer as accepted, any further answers will be appreciated!!! – user36339 Jan 23 '19 at 11:27
  • What would you suggest to get the entire dissertation? Should I write to the author like asking "for a favor" of sending me the entire text via e-mail? – user36339 Jan 23 '19 at 11:45
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    Contact the author is always a good method; it is also may be available via inter-library loan from these libraries: worldcat.org/title/… – Peter Diehr Jan 23 '19 at 12:10
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    You can also order it from ProQuest, for $38. You can find the option on the original link, if you follow the directions. – Peter Diehr Jan 23 '19 at 12:14
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    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_E._Watson has info about the author & his other books. – kimchi lover Jan 23 '19 at 16:31

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