Session1127
TitleChristianity in the Islamic World, II: Theology and Literature
Date/TimeWednesday 5 July 2017: 11.15-12.45
 
OrganiserKrisztina Szilágyi, Faculty of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies, University of Cambridge
 
Moderator/ChairHidemi Takahashi, Department of Area Studies, University of Tokyo
 
Paper 1127-a Disceptatio Christiani et Saraceni: Dialogical Format and Theology as Signs of Contact
(Language: English)
Michail Kitsos, Department of Near Eastern Studies, University of Michigan
Index Terms: Islamic and Arabic Studies; Theology
Paper 1127-b Three for One: Yaḥyā ibn 'Adī's Treatise on the Unity of God and Its Two 11th-Century Appropriations
(Language: English)
Nicholas Allan Aubin, Institut für Philosophie, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Index Terms: Islamic and Arabic Studies; Philosophy
Paper 1127-c The Arabic Incipits in Islamic and Christian Works as Bibliographic Descriptions
(Language: English)
Nikolaj Serikoff, Independent Scholar, London
Index Terms: Islamic and Arabic Studies; Manuscripts and Palaeography
 
AbstractTheological writing, polemical as well as apologetical, were emblematic features of Christian literature in the Islamic world, its arguments tried and tested in a long tradition of disputation. In this session, Kitsos examines an early Christian polemical treatise against Islam written in Greek in Islamic Palestine, looking for real-life contact between Christians and Muslims. Next Aubin considers Christian apologetics: he traces the reception of a Christian dialectical motif by Christian thinkers of different doctrinal outlooks. Finally Serikoff compares the incipits in the works of Muslim and Christian Arab authors and suggests, for the latter, a merging of two traditions.