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John of Damascus and Islam : Christian heresiology and the intellectual background to earliest Christian-Muslim relations

Author: Peter Schadler
Publisher: Leiden ; Boston : Brill, [2018]
Series: History of Christian-Muslim relations, v. 34.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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How did Islam come to be considered a Christian heresy? In this book, Peter Schadler outlines the intellectual background of the Christian Near East that led John, a Christian serving in the court of the caliph in Damascus, to categorize Islam as a heresy. Schadler shows that different uses of the term heresy persisted among Christians, and then demonstrates that John's assessment of the beliefs and practices of  Read more...
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Schadler, Peter, 1979-
John of Damascus and Islam.
Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2017
(DLC) 2017047975
Named Person: John, of Damascus Saint.; John, of Damascus Saint.; Johannes, Damascenus
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Schadler
ISBN: 9789004349650 9004349650
Language Note: In English; 'On Heresies 100' in Greek with English translation on facing pages.
OCLC Number: 1001942080
Description: ix, 264 pages ; 25 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
Heresy and Heresiology in Late Antiquity --
Aspects of the Intellectual Background --
The Life of John of Damascus, His Use of the Qurʾan, and the Quality of His Knowledge of Islam --
Islamic and Para-Islamic Traditions --
John of Damascus and Theodore Abu Qurrah on Islam --
Conclusion --
Appendix 1: Greek Text and English Translation of ‘On Heresies 100’ --
Appendix 2: Potential Qurʾanic References in ‘On Heresies 100’
Series Title: History of Christian-Muslim relations, v. 34.
Responsibility: by Peter Schadler.

Abstract:

How did Islam come to be considered a Christian heresy? In this book, Peter Schadler outlines the intellectual background of the Christian Near East that led John, a Christian serving in the court of the caliph in Damascus, to categorize Islam as a heresy. Schadler shows that different uses of the term heresy persisted among Christians, and then demonstrates that John's assessment of the beliefs and practices of Muslims has been mistakenly dismissed on assumptions he was highly biased. The practices and beliefs John ascribes to Islam have analogues in the Islamic tradition, proving that John may well represent an accurate picture of Islam as he knew it in the seventh and eighth centuries in Syria and Palestine.
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