Syrian Christians under Islam, the First Thousand Years

Author: David Thomas
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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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).
' The publication is exemplary…'
H.T. Norris, Bulletin of the School of Oriental & African Studies, 2002.
Students and teachers of Christian-Muslim relations, Islamic history, Eastern Christianity, church history, Christian doctrine, the history of late antiquity, and religious and cultural encounters.