IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 1127: Christianity in the Islamic World, II: Theology and Literature

Wednesday 5 July 2017, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:Krisztina Szilágyi, Faculty of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies, University of Cambridge
Moderator/Chair:Hidemi Takahashi, Department of Area Studies, University of Tokyo
Paper 1127-aDisceptatio 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-bThree 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, Berlin
Index terms: Islamic and Arabic Studies, Philosophy
Paper 1127-cThe 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
Abstract

Theological 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.