Envisioning Islam Hardback

Syriac Christians and the Early Muslim World

by Michael Philip Penn;

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Envisioning Islam

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The first Christians to encounter Islam were not Latin-speakers from the western Mediterranean or Greek-speakers from Constantinople, but Mesopotamian Christians who spoke the Aramaic dialect of Syriac. Under Muslim rule from the seventh century onward, Syriac Christians wrote the most extensive descriptions extant of early Islam. Seldom translated and often omitted from modern historical reconstructions, this vast body of texts reveals a complicated and evolving range of religious and cultural exchanges from the seventh to the ninth century. The first book-length analysis of these earliest encounters, Envisioning Islam highlights the ways these neglected texts challenge the modern scholarly narrative of early Muslim conquests, rulers, and religious practice. Examining Syriac sources including letters, theological tracts, scientific treatises, and histories, Michael Philip Penn reveals a culture of substantial interreligious interaction in which the categorical boundaries between Christianity and Islam were more ambiguous than distinct.
The diversity of ancient Syriac images of Islam, he demonstrates, revolutionizes our understanding of the early Islamic world and challenges widespread cultural assumptions about the history of exclusively hostile Christian-Muslim relations.

Envisioning Islam by Michael Philip Penn was published by University of Pennsylvania Press in June 2015. The ISBN for Envisioning Islam is 9780812247220.

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Details for Envisioning Islam

Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherUniversity of Pennsylvania Press (June 2015)
Number of Pages304
Thickness21 mm
Height229 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code4313632
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