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The contributions to this volume, which come from the Fifth Mingana Symposium, survey the use of the Bible and attitudes towards it in the early and classical Islamic periods. The authors explore such themes as early Christian translations of the Bible into Arabic, the use of verses from it to defend the truth of Christianity, to interpret the significance of Islam and to prove its error, Muslim accusations of corruption of the Bible, and the influences that affected production of Bibles in Muslims lands. The volume illustrates the centrality of the Bible to Arab Christians as a source of authority and information about their experiences under Islam, and the importance of upholding its authenticity in the face of Muslim criticisms.



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Studio: Brill Academic Publishers
Pages   421
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.6" Width: 7" Height: 1.2"
Weight:   2 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Dec 15, 2006
Publisher   Brill Academic Publishers
ISBN  9004155589  
ISBN13  9789004155589  


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Defending the Bible in Arabic, in early Islamic Debates  May 11, 2007

"...illustrates the centrality of the Bible to Arab Christians as a source of authority and present information about their experiences under Islam, and the importance of upholding biblical authenticity against Muslim criticisms."



History of Christian-Muslim Relations:
Christians and Muslims have been involved in exchanges over matters of faith and morality since the founding of Islam. The Center for the Study of Islam and Christian-Muslim relations (CSIC), that coordinates these studies, was founded in 1976 as a joint Muslim-Christian graduate teaching and research institute. The center seeks to encourage respect for the various Christian and Muslim traditions and rejects polemics and proselytism. To understand the relationships between the two spheres, the CSIC seeks to give equal attention to the dimensions of Christian-Muslim relations with academic integrity.

The Mingana Collection:
Alphonse Mingana, during his years in Iraq, collected an unparalleled number of ancient manuscripts in Syriac, Garshuni, and Arabic. These documents are now housed in the Woodbrooke Settlement, Selly Oak, Birmingham. This important collection of documents was catalogued by Mingana himself with descriptions of each manuscript, a summary of their contents, and notes. The Mingana Collection of Oriental Manuscripts and the other related manuscripts, acquired during one of the last western orientalist efforts to collect manuscripts in the Middle East, are now housed in the University of Birmingham. The Arabic manuscripts are cited in Brockelmann's Geschichte der Arabischen Literatur and therefore known to scholars worldwide. However, the illustrated manuscripts in the collections have not received the attention they deserve until now.
There are about 660 Syriac manuscripts in the Collection, and there are over 2000 Arabic manuscripts, including about 270 works by Christians, of which the oldest known text of the Acta Thomae and an early copy of works by St Ephrem are important. Among the Islamic Arabic manuscripts, which are mainly concerned with religious subjects, there are two collections of Qur'an fragments dating from the 8th and 9th centuries.

Alphonse Mingana:
Alphonse Mingana (1878-1937) was an educator at the Chaldean Seminary in Iraq. Mingana was born near Mosul, Iraq, and was educated at the Seminaire St Jean, Mosul, where he trained for the Chaldean priesthood, studying Turkish, Persian, Kurdish, Latin, French, Arabic, Syriac, and Hebrew. He was also a priest in the Assyrian tradition and a collector of ancient manuscripts. He is renowned for his Mingana Collection (of which the present set is the catalogue), a set of nearly 3000 early Syrian and Arabic documents which he acquired and preserved. His rare volume of the writings of Narsai is also available from Gorgias Press. Mingana eventually immigrated to England, where he spent 17 years in Manchester continuing his work on Oriental Studies.
The Mingana Collection was established between 1924 and 1929, while Dr Alphonse Mingana (1878-1937) made three journeys through the Middle East, and purchased the Syriac and Arabic manuscripts that are now preserved under his name.

Fifth Mingana Symposium:
The Fifth Mingana Symposium, surveyed the use of the Bible and the attitudes towards it in the early and classical Islamic periods. The authors explored such themes as early Christian translations of the Bible into Arabic, the use of biblical verses to defend Christianity and the truth of its message. In confrontation with Islam, to interpret the significance of Islam and to prove its error, Muslim accusations of corruption of the Bible, and the forces that affected production of Bibles in Muslims territories.
The Symposium papers are published in this volume that illustrates the centrality of the Bible to Arab Christians as a source of authority and present information about their experiences under Islam, and the importance of upholding biblical authenticity against Muslim criticisms.

Table of contents:
Introduction
The Arabic Versions of the Gospels: A Case Study of John 1.1 and 1.18
Bible et liturgie chez les Arabes chrétiens (VIe - IXe siècle)
Anti-Jewish Polemic and Early Islam
The Use of Biblical Quotations in Christian Apocalyptic Writings of the Umayyad Period
Beyond Prooftexting (2): The Use of the Bible in Some Early Arabic Christian Apologies
The Re-written Bible in Arabic:
The Paradise Story and Its Exegesis in the Arabic Apocalypse of Peter
Biblical Exegesis and Interreligious Polemics in the Arabic Apocalypse of Peter
-The Book of the Rolls
The Development of Testimony Collections in Early Christian Apologetics with Islam
The Bible and the Kalam
The Qur'anic Sarah as Prototype of Mary
Muslim Accusations of tahrif: Muqatil Ibn Sulayman's Commentary on Key Qur'anic Verses
Is There Room for Corruption in the `Books' of God?
Ammar al-Basri on the Alleged Corruption of the Gospels
The Use and Translation of Scripture in the Apologetic Writings of Abu Ra'ita al-Takriti
Al-Radd al-Jamil: AlGhazali's or Pseudo-Ghazali's?
Hanbalite Commentary on the Bible: Analysis of Najm al-Din al-Tufi's (d. 716/1316) Al-Ta`liq
Illustrating the Gospels in Arabic: Byzantine and Arab Christian Miniatures
Two Manuscripts of the Early Mamluk Period in Cambridge
A Nestorian Arabic Pentateuch used in Western Islamic Lands
Biblical Allusions and Citations in the Syriac Theotokia according to the MS Syr.
New Series 11 of the National Library of Russia, St Petersburg
Bibliography
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Book Editor:
David Thomas, reader in Christianity and Islam in the Department of Theology, University of Birmingham, has a Ph.D. in Islamic Studies, University of Lancaster. He has published widely on Christian-Muslim relations, including (with Rifaat Ebied) Muslim-Christian Polemic during the Crusades (Brill, 2005).
 

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