When Christians first met Muslims : a sourcebook of the earliest Syriac writings on Islam

Penn, Michael Philip, author

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  • Creator Michael Philip Penn
  • Format Books
  • Publication Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2015] ©2015
  • Physical Details
    • xix, 254 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
  • ISBNs 9780520284937, 0520284933, 9780520284944, 0520284941, 9780520960572, 0520960572
  • OCLC ocn890310380


  • "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, 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 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"--Provided by publisher.


  • Includes bibliographical references and index.


  • Introduction -- Account ad 637 -- Chronicle ad 640 -- Letters / Ishoʻyahb III -- Apocalypse of Pseudo-Ephrem -- Khuzistan chronicle -- Maronite chronicle -- Syriac life of Maximus the Confessor -- Canons / George I -- Colophon of British Library additional 14,666 -- Letter / Athanasius of Balad -- Book of main points / John bar Penkāyē -- Apocalypse of Pseudo-Methodius -- Edessene apocalypse -- Exegesis of the Pericopes of the Gospel / Ḥnanishoʻ I -- Life of Theoduṭē -- Colophon of British Library additional 14,448 -- Apocalypse of John the Little -- Chronicle ad 705 -- Letters / Jacob of Edessa -- Chronicle / Jacob of Edessa -- Scholia / Jacob of Edessa -- Against the Armenians / Jacob of Edessa -- Kāmed inscriptions -- Chronicle of disasters -- Chronicle ad 724 -- Disputation of John and the emir -- Exegetical homilies / Mār Abbā II -- Disputation of Bēt Ḥalē
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