When Christians First Met Muslims: A Sourcebook of the Earliest Syriac Writings on Islam

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Univ of California Press, Mar 21, 2015 - History - 280 pages
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The first Christians to meet Muslims were not Latin-speaking Christians from the western Mediterranean or Greek-speaking Christians from Constantinople but rather Christians from northern Mesopotamia who spoke the Aramaic dialect of Syriac. Living in what constitutes modern-day Iran, Iraq, Syria, and eastern Turkey, these Syriac Christians were under Muslim rule from the seventh century to the present. They wrote the earliest and most extensive accounts of Islam and described a complicated set of religious and cultural exchanges not reducible to the solely antagonistic. Through its critical introductions and new translations of this invaluable historical material, When Christians First Met Muslims allows scholars, students, and the general public to explore the earliest interactions of what eventually became the world's two largest religions, shedding new light on Islamic history and Christian-Muslim relations.
 

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For anyone who does not read several dialects of ancient Syriac (Aramaic) fluently, this is a very valuable collection of translations of almost all the surviving documents written by Syrian ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Account ad 637
21
Letters Ishoʻyahb III
29
Apocalypse of PseudoEphrem
37
Khuzistan Chronicle
47
Canons George I
69
Colophon of British Library Additional 14666
77
Book of Main Points John bar Penkāyē
85
Exegesis of the Pericopes of the Gospel H nanishoʻ I
139
Apocalypse of John the Little
146
Chronicle ad 705
156
Against the Armenians Jacob of Edessa
185
Chronicle of Disasters
191
Disputation of John and the Emir
200
Exegetical Homilies Mār Abbā II
209
Bibliography
217

Apocalypse of PseudoMethodius
108
Edessene Apocalypse
130

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Michael Philip Penn is William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Religion at Mount Holyoke College and the author of Envisioning Islam: Syriac Christians in the Early Muslim World and Kissing Christians: Ritual and Community in the Late Ancient Church.

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