The theme of this book is the early encounters between Christianity and Islam in the eastern provinces of the Byzantine Empire and in Persia from the beginnings of Islam in Mecca to the time of the Abbasids in Bagdad.
The contributions in this volume deal with crucial subjects of political and theological dialogue and controversy that characterized the varying responses of the Christian communities in the Byzantine Eastern provinces to the Islamic conquest and its subsequent impact on Byzantine society and history.
This volume opens up new research perspectives surrounding the confrontation of Christianity with the early theological and political development of Islam. The present publication emphasizes the importance of the study of the beginnings and the foundations of the relations between the two religions.
Emmanouela Grypeou has a Ph.D. in Languages and Cultures of the Christian Orient, and is a Researcher at the Centre for the Study of Jewish-Christian Relations (Cambridge, UK). Her previous publications include
Das vollkommene Pascha: Gnostische Bibelexegese und gnostische Ethik (2005, Wiesbaden).
Mark N. Swanson received his doctorate from the Pontificio Istituto di Studi Arabi e d’Islamistica (PISAI) in Rome, Italy. He currently serves as Associate Professor of Christian History and Islam, and Director of the Islamic Studies Program, at Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA. He has authored numerous articles and chapters in Arabic Christian studies.
David Thomas, Ph.D. in Islamic Studies, University of Lancaster, is Reader in Christianity and Islam at the University of Birmingham. He has published extensively on Christian-Muslim relations, most recently
Early Muslim Polemic against Christianity (2002, Cambridge),
Christians at the Heart of Islamic Rule (2003, Leiden), and
Muslim-Christian Polemic during the Crusades. The Letter from the People of Cyprus and Ibn Abī Ṭālib al-Dimashqī’s Response (with R.Y. Ebied, 2005).
Scholars, students and laypersons interested in Arabic/Islamic History, the Christian Orient, Byzantine History, Eastern Church History, Syriac Literature, Inter-religious Dialogue (esp. Dialogue between Christianity and Islam).