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Early Muslim Polemic against Christianity

Early Muslim Polemic against Christianity
Abu Isa al-Warraq's 'Against the Incarnation'


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  • Editor and Translator: David Thomas, University of Birmingham
  • Date Published: August 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521811323

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  • The Muslim thinker, Abu 'Isa al-Warraq, lived in ninth-century Baghdad. He is remembered for his extensive knowledge of non-Muslim religious communities and his unorthodox views on Islam itself. This 2002 book represents an edition and translation of Abu 'Isa's Against the Incarnation, the second and last part of his Refutation of the Three Christian Denominations. It is edited and translated by David Thomas and contains the Arabic text alongside the English translation, together with explanatory notes. Dr Thomas' full introduction outlines the pluralist and multifaith society of medieval Baghdad, and places Abu 'Isa in the context of both Muslim theological argument and Christian-Muslim discussions. In this way it demonstrates the author's originality and his influence on later Muslim authors. The book will serve as a companion to the editor's earlier volume, Anti-Christian Polemic in Early Islam: Abu 'Isa al-Warraq's 'Against the Trinity' which was published in 1992.

    • History of Christian-Muslim relations in early Middle Ages from the perspective of Muslim theologian
    • Original Arabic text plus English translation
    • Companion to the earlier work by the same editor
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    Reviews & endorsements

    '… a fine companion piece to his 1992 work, Antichristian Polemic in Early Islam …'. Islalmica

    '… one applauds the evident scholarship that has given the work a new lease of life on its own.' Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations

    '… there is much to be gained from Thomas' careful work. It provides the reader with both a greater appreciation of the essence of Islamic kalam and the Islamic theological critique of Christianity.' Journal of the American Oriental Society

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2002
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521811323
    • length: 328 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.65kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Christians and Muslims
    2. Abu 'Isa al-Warraq and the study of religions
    3. The doctrine of the Incarnation in the time of Abu 'Isa
    4. Abu 'Isa's refutation of the Incarnation
    Al-Radd 'Ala Al-`Ittihad: Al-Juz' Al-Thani Min Kitab Al-Radd 'Ala Al-`Thalath Firaq Min Al-Nasara: The Refutation of the Uniting: The second part of the refutation of the three Christian sects
    Concluding arguments against the three denominations.

  • Editor and Translator

    David Thomas, University of Birmingham
    David Thomas is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Theology and Religion, University of Birmingham. His publications include Anti-Christian Polemic in Early Islam: Abu 'Isa al-Warraq's 'Against the Trinity (1992), and Syrian Christians under Islam, the First Thousand Years (2000).

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