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Routledge Handbook on Christian-Muslim Relations

1st Edition

Edited by David Thomas


440 pages | 7 B/W Illus.

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The matter of Christian–Muslim relations cannot be ignored these days. While the term itself may not appear all that often, relations between the two faiths and their reciprocal perceptions are undeniable influences behind many current conflicts, declarations of mutual recognition and peace negotiations, not to mention the brooding hatred of religious extremists. Since 9/11, relations between the two faiths have, in one form or another, hardly been away from the news.

This Handbook contains fundamental information about the major aspects of relations between Christians and Muslims. Its various sections follow the history from the early seventh century to the present, the major religious issues that have led to disputes between the two faiths, and the political implications of religious differences at various stages through history, as well as in the present. It includes analysis of scriptural and theological themes and explores the characteristics of relations at important points in history and also in various parts of the world today. Chapters are devoted to the most significant intellectual interpretations and encounters, the main armed clashes, including the Crusades, and the important documents issued by each faith that in recent years have led the way towards new developments in recognition and acceptance.

With chapters written by some of the foremost experts in the field, the book traces the largely dark history of relations and explains the underlying reasons why Muslims and Christians have found tolerance and respect for the other difficult. It is an excellent resource for understanding the past and for highlighting lessons for future relations between the world’s two largest religions.


'David Thomas has augmented his already outstanding list of publications devoted to the study of interreligious relations with a new volume, the Routledge Handbook on Christian-Muslim Relations. Having worked for years to lead Brill’s multi-volume project Christian-Muslim Relations: A Bibliographical History, Thomas has a privileged sense of the top scholars in different subfields and he marshals an impressive roster of them for this handbook.'

Jason Welle, OFM

Islamochristiana 43 (2017)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction, David Thomas Part 1 Historical 2.Christians in the World of Late Antiquity 300-600, Daniel Reynolds 3.The Christian Context of the Qurʾān, Jaakko Hämeen-Anttila 4. Christianity in the Qurʾān, Pim Valkenberg 5. The Bible in the Qurʾān, Sidney H. Griffith 6. The dynamics of the qurʾānic account of Christianity, Pim Valkenberg 7.Muḥammad and Christianity, David Cook 8.a Christians in the Muslim Arab world, David Thomas 8.b Christians in Muslim Spain, Charles Tieszen 9.The Pact of ʿUmar, Milka Levy-Rubin 10. The first Arabic-speaking Christian theologians, Sandra Toenies-Keating 11. Early Muslim attitudes towards the Bible, David Bertaina 12. Early Christian attitudes towards Islam, Mark I. Beaumont 13. The Byzantine Empire and Islam, Johannes Pahlitzsch 14. The Crusades, Alex Mallett 15. Arts in the Eastern Mediterranean before the Crusades, Lucy-Anne Hunt 16. Christians and Muslims in the Iberian Peninsula, 1000-1600, Juan Pedro Monferrer-Sala 17. Christians under the Fāṭimids, Ayyūbids, and Mamlūks, Christopher J. van der Krogt 18. Early and medieval Muslim attitudes towards Christian doctrines, Jon Hoover 19. Christian conversion to Islam, Clint Hackenburg 20. Christians and Muslims in one another’s legal texts, David M. Freidenreich 21. Mutual influences and borrowings, Alexander Treiger 22. The theological dynamics of medieval Christian-Muslim relations, Stephen R. Burge 23. European reactions to the fall of Constantinople, Nancy Bisaha 24. Christians and Muslims in Mughal India, Alan Guenther 25. The end of empire and the era of mistrust, Richard Sudworth 26. The churches and Christian-Muslim relations, Risto Jukko, Douglas Pratt and Michael Ipgrave 27. A Common Word, Vebjørn L. Horsfjord Part 2 Theological attitudes in Christian-Muslim encounters 28. Muslims and the Bible, Martin Whittingham 29.Christians and the Qurʾān, David Bertaina 30. Muslims and Christian beliefs, Hugh Goddard 31.Christians and Muḥammad, Clinton Bennett 32.Perceptions of God in Christianity and Islam, David B. Burrell 33. Theology and Christian-Muslim relations, Ian Richard Netton 34. The nature of the human in contemporary Christian-Muslim relations, Damian Howard 35. Major concepts in Muslim-Christian encounters, Sandra Toenies Keating Part 3 Christians and Muslims in society 36.Muslims in Christian lands, Göran Larsson 37. Christian minorities in Islamic countries, Clinton Bennett 38. Muslims and Christians in Europe, Jørgen S. Nielsen 39. Muslims and Christians in Britain today: living together, respecting difference? Philip Lewis 40. Islamophobia, Chris Allen 41. The Eastern Churches and Islam, Andrew M. Sharp 42. Christians and Muslims in sub-Saharan Africa, John Chesworth 43. Christians and Muslims in the Americas, David D. Grafton 44. Christians and Muslims in East Asia and Australasia, Douglas Pratt and Peter Riddell 45. Christian-Muslim and Muslim-Christian dialogue initiatives, movements and organisations further reading, Paul Weller

About the Editor

David Thomas is Professor of Christianity and Islam at the University of Birmingham, UK. He specialises in Islamic thought and Christian–Muslim relations. He is director of Christian–Muslim Relations, a Bibliographical History, a project that traces the history of engagements between followers of the faiths as reflected in their writings.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
RELIGION / Islam / General
RELIGION / Christianity / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies