Syrian Christians Under Islam: The First Thousand Years

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David Richard Thomas
BRILL, Jan 1, 2001 - 241 pages
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This volume contains papers from the Third Woodbrooke-Mingana Symposium on Arab Christianity and Islam (September 1998) on the theme of "Arab Christianity in "Bilad al-Sham" (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 Butlan, 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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Contents

Introduction
1
A Christian Reading of the Quran
57
The Prophet Muhammad as Seen
75
The Martyrdom of Abd alMasih
107
Ibn Butlan in Bilad alSham the Career
131
The Armenian Intermezzo in Bilad
159
Leaves from an Illustrated Syriac
185
Paul of Antiochs Letter to a Muslim Friend
203
Bibliography
223
Index
237
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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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