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Saturday, July 28, 2012

Christian-Muslim Encounters in the Middle East

I am delighted to be on a panel in Washington in October at the Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa. Some details are here. Our panel is entitled "Christian – Muslim Encounters in the Medieval Middle East"and includes three presentations:

  • Muslim Conversions to Christianity in the Islamic World, 700-1000, AD ~ (Krisztina Szilágyi)
  • The Status of Monks in Egypt under Early Mamluk Rule: The Case of Ibn Taymiyya ~ (Fr. Jason Welle)
  • Some Methodical Considerations for the Study of the Historic and Currents Encounters between Eastern Christians and Muslim Communities ~ (Adam DeVille)

It is a great honor that Sydney Griffith has kindly agreed to serve as moderator. Griffith, as I have noted before, is the author of the acclaimed study The Church in the Shadow of the Mosque: Christians and Muslims in the World of Islam (Princeton University Press, 2010) and other important studies on the Christian-Muslim encounter, and on Syriac Christianity generally. 

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