The chapters in this volume, which come from the Fourth Woodbrooke-Mingana Symposium, cover aspects of Christian life in and around Baghdad in the early centuries of 'Abbasid rule.
The authors explore both broad themes, such as the place of monasteries in Muslim cultural life, accusations of Islam as crypto-idolatry, and Muslim responses to Christian apologetic arguments, and also specific topics, such as a Nestorian's explanation of the Incarnation, a Jacobite's purpose in composing his guide to moral improvement, and the development of Christian legends about the caliph al-Ma'mun.
The volume illustrates the vigour of Iraqi Christian life in 'Abbasid times, and helps show that relations between Christians and Muslims, although strained at times, were often beneficial to followers of both faiths.
David Thomas, Ph.D. (1983) in Islamic Studies, University of Lancaster, is Reader in Christianity and Islam at the Department of Theology, University of Birmingham. He has published widely on Christian-Muslim relations, most recently
Early Muslim Anti-Christian Polemic, Abu 'Isa al-Warraq's "Against the Incarnation" (Cambridge, 2002).
Students and teachers of Christian-Muslim relations, Islamic history, Eastern Christianity, Church history, the history of late antiquity, and religious and cultural encounters and influences.