Early Muslim Polemic Against Christianity: Abu Isa Al-Warraq's 'Against the Incarnation'

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The Muslim thinker, Abu 'Isa al-Warraq, lived in ninth-century Baghdad. He is remembered for his extensive knowledge of non-Muslim religious communities and his unorthodox views on Islam itself. This 2002 book represents an edition and translation of Abu 'Isa's Against the Incarnation, the second and last part of his Refutation of the Three Christian Denominations. It is edited and translated by David Thomas and contains the Arabic text alongside the English translation, together with explanatory notes. Dr Thomas' full introduction outlines the pluralist and multifaith society of medieval Baghdad, and places Abu 'Isa in the context of both Muslim theological argument and Christian-Muslim discussions. In this way it demonstrates the author's originality and his influence on later Muslim authors. The book will serve as a companion to the editor's earlier volume, Anti-Christian Polemic in Early Islam: Abu 'Isa al-Warraq's 'Against the Trinity' which was published in 1992.
 

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Contents

Abu Tsa alWarraq and the study of religions
21
The doctrine of the Incarnation in the time of Abu Isa
37
Abu Isas refutation of the Incarnation
60
THEIR TEACHINGS ABOUT THE UNITING
86
THE ARGUMENT AGAINST THEM ABOUT THE UNITING
97
The uniting and the human experiences of the Messiah
106
Against the Melkites
125
THE ARGUMENT AGAINST THEM CONCERNING THEIR
164
The declaration against them about their description of the Messiah
181
Notes
278
Bibliography
305
Index
311
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Page 309 - Isa al-Warraq and the History of Religions", Journal of Semitic Studies 41, 1996, pp.

About the author (2002)

David Thomas is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Theology and Religion, University of Birmingham. His publications include Anti-Christian Polemic in Early Islam: Abu 'Isa al-Warraq's 'Against the Trinity (1992), and Syrian Christians under Islam, the First Thousand Years (2000).

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