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

  • When Christians First Met Muslims : A Sourcebook of the Earliest Syriac Writings on Islam.
  • Penn, Michael Philip
  • Paperback, 280 pages, 216 x 140 mm.

    Syriac sources preserve our earliest historical information for Christian-Muslim encounters, written by Christian contemporaries who experienced firsthand the massive changes brought by the Arab conquests of the seventh century and thereafter in the Middle East. This volume offers a new collection of vivid and lucid translations that open to the reader new vistas on how religions interact, adapt, and flourish, even under circumstances of inexorable change. Michael Penn is a religion scholar of rare dexterity in handling primary sources, secondary scholarship, and cutting-edge critical theory, all with equal command. Here is a volume for scholars and students of religion, history, and culture. It will matter enormously for all who share an interest in Christianity or Islam.�Susan Harvey, Willard Prescott and Annie McClelland Smith Professor of Religious Studies at Brown University

    "As a source for the early Islamic period and for the earliest responses of Christians to the new historical conditions of the post-conquest period this collection is a useful tool for both scholarly research and classroom teaching. Even those few of us who work on Syriac sources do not commonly have an immediate grasp of the range of texts covered inWhen Christians First Met Muslims. This handy book will contribute to a further appreciation for the unique variety of perspectives Syriac Christians had on early Islam."Adam H. Becker, Associate Professor of Classics and Religious Studies at New York University
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