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

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.