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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: October 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521811323

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  • David Thomas edits and translates Ab^D-u ^D-I^D-sa al-Warr^D-aqs Against the Incarnation, the second and last part of his Refutation of the Three Christian Denominations. The book contains an edition of the Arabic text alongside the English translation, together with explanatory notes. Dr. Thomas' comprehensive introduction outlines the pluralist and multifaith society of medieval Baghdad, placing Ab^D-u ^D-I^D-sa in the context of both Muslim theological argument and Christian-Muslim discussions. Thus he succeeds in demonstrating the author's originality and his influence on later Muslim authors.

    • 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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    "The work stands out as the single most detailed, informed and comprehensive work by a Muslim against Christian doctrines from the whole early period of Islam." Theology Digest

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

    Introduction
    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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