The Church in the Shadow of the Mosque: Christians and Muslims in the World of Islam

The Church in the Shadow of the Mosque: Christians and Muslims in the World of Islam

by Sidney H. Griffith
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691146284

ISBN-13: 9780691146287

Pub. Date: 04/04/2010

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Amid so much twenty-first-century talk of a "Christian-Muslim divide"--and the attendant controversy in some Western countries over policies toward minority Muslim communities--a historical fact has gone unnoticed: for more than four hundred years beginning in the mid-seventh century, some 50 percent of the world's Christians lived and worshipped under Muslim

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Amid so much twenty-first-century talk of a "Christian-Muslim divide"--and the attendant controversy in some Western countries over policies toward minority Muslim communities--a historical fact has gone unnoticed: for more than four hundred years beginning in the mid-seventh century, some 50 percent of the world's Christians lived and worshipped under Muslim rule. Just who were the Christians in the Arabic-speaking milieu of Mohammed and the Qur'an?

The Church in the Shadow of the Mosque is the first book-length discussion in English of the cultural and intellectual life of such Christians indigenous to the Islamic world. Sidney Griffith offers an engaging overview of their initial reactions to the religious challenges they faced, the development of a new mode of presenting Christian doctrine as liturgical texts in their own languages gave way to Arabic, the Christian role in the philosophical life of early Baghdad, and the maturing of distinctive Oriental Christian denominations in this context.

Offering a fuller understanding of the rise of Islam in its early years from the perspective of contemporary non-Muslims, this book reminds us that there is much to learn from the works of people who seriously engaged Muslims in their own world so long ago.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691146287
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
04/04/2010
Series:
Jews, Christians, and Muslims from the Ancient to the Modern World Series
Pages:
248
Sales rank:
788,095
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents


LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS ix

PREFACE xi

Introduction 1

CHAPTER I: "People of the Gospel," "People of the Book": C Hristians and Christianity in the World of Islam 6

CHAPTER II: Apocalypse and the Arabs: The First Christian Responses to the Challenge of Islam 23

CHAPTER III: Christian Theology in Arabic: A New Development in Church Life 45

CHAPTER IV: The Shape of Christian Theology in Arabic: The Genres and Strategies of Christian Discourse in the World of Islam 75

CHAPTER VP: Christian Philosophy in Baghdad and Beyond: A Major Partner in the Development of Classical Islamic Intellectual Culture 106

CHAPTER VI: What Has Baghdad to Do with Constantinople or Rome?: Oriental Christian Self-Definition in the World of Islam 129

CHAPTER VII: Between the Crescent and the Cross: Convivencia, the Clash of Theologies, and Interreligious Dialogue 156

BIBLIOGRAPHY 181

INDEX 213

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