Syrian Christians under Islam, the First Thousand Years

Overview

This volume contains papers from the Third Woodbrooke-Mingana Symposium on Arab Christianity and Islam (September 1998) on the theme of "Arab Christianity in Bilâd al-Shâm (Greater Syria) in the pre-Ottoman Period". It presents aspects of Syrian Christian life and thought during the first millennium of Islamic rule.
Among the eight contributing scholars are Sidney Griffith on ninth-century Christological controversies, Samir K. Samir on the Prophet Muhammed seen through Arab ...

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Overview

This volume contains papers from the Third Woodbrooke-Mingana Symposium on Arab Christianity and Islam (September 1998) on the theme of "Arab Christianity in Bilâd al-Shâm (Greater Syria) in the pre-Ottoman Period". It presents aspects of Syrian Christian life and thought during the first millennium of Islamic rule.
Among the eight contributing scholars are Sidney Griffith on ninth-century Christological controversies, Samir K. Samir on the Prophet Muhammed seen through Arab Christian eyes, Lawrence Conrad on the physician Ibn Butlân, and Lucy-Anne Hunt on Muslim influence on Christian book illustrations. There is also a foreword by the Syrian Orthodox Archbishop of Aleppo.
The picture that emerges is of community life developing in its own way and finding a distinctive character, as Christians responded to the social and intellectual influences of Islam.

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'The publication is exemplary…'
H.T. Norris, Bulletin of the School of Oriental & African Studies, 2002.
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Thomas (Islamic studies, Lancaster U.) presents eight papers, drawn from 1998's Third Woodbrooke-Mingana Symposium on Arab Christianity and Islam, which look at the lives and adaptations of Christian populations after they came under Muslim rule in 6 61. Topics include the origins of the Christian Melkites, attempts by Christians to neutralize the Qu'ran by attributing most of its observations to Christian teachings, treatments of the life the Prophet Muhammad by Christian authors, the career of Christian physician Ibn Butlan as evidence for a pluralistic tolerant society, and the influence of Islam on Christian artists. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789004120556
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/2001
  • Series: Biblical Studies and Religious Studies
  • Pages: 242
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.78 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

David Thomas, Ph.D. (1983) in Islamic Studies, Lancaster University, is Reader in Christianity and Islam at the University of Birmingham.. He has published studies of the early history of Christian-Muslim relations, including Anti-Christian Polemic in Early Islam (Cambridge, 1992).
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