Christians at the Heart of Islamic Rule: Church Life and Scholarship in Abbasid Iraq


The chapters in this volume, which come from the Fourth Woodbrooke-Mingana Symposium, cover aspects of Christian life in and around Baghdad in the early centuries of Abbasid rule. The authors explore both broad themes, such as the place of monasteries in Muslim cultural life, accusations of Islam as crypto-idolatry, and Muslim responses to Christian apologetic arguments, and also specific topics, such as a Nestorians explanation of the Incarnation, a Jacobites purpose in composing his guide to moral improvement, and the development of Christian legends about the caliph al-Mamun. The volume illustrates the vigour of Iraqi Christian life in Abbasid times, and helps show that relations between Christians and Muslims, although strained at times, were often beneficial to followers of both faiths.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Barbara Roggema
  • Hilary Kilpatrick
  • Sandra Toenies Keating
  • Mark Beaumont
  • Mark N. Swanson
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Boston
Publication year:
  • 2003


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