By David Thomas

This quantity comprises papers from the 3rd Woodbrooke-Mingana Symposium on Arab Christianity and Islam at the subject of "Arab Christianity in 'Greater Syria' within the pre-Ottoman Period". It provides points of Syrian Christian existence and idea in the course of the first millennium of Islamic rule. one of the 8 contributing students are Sidney Griffith on ninth-century Christological controversies, Samir ok. Samir at the Prophet Muhammed noticeable via Arab Christian eyes, Lawrence Conrad at the healthcare professional Ibn Butlan, and Lucy-Anne Hunt on Muslim impression on Christian publication illustrations. there's additionally a foreword by means of the Syrian Orthodox Archbishop of Aleppo. the image that emerges is of neighborhood existence constructing in its personal approach and discovering a particular personality, as Christians replied to the social and highbrow affects of Islam.

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