Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500

Get access Subject: Middle East and Islamic Studies
General Editor: David Thomas, Alex Mallett
Associate Editors: Juan Pedro Monferrer-Sala, Johannes Pahlitzsch, Barbara Roggema, Mark Swanson, Herman Teule and John Tolan
Christian-Muslim Relations, a Bibliographical History Online is a general online history of relations between the faiths. It covers the period from 600 to 1500, when encounters took place through the extended Mediterranean basin and are recorded in Syriac, Arabic, Greek, Latin and other languages. Christian Muslim Relations Online comprises introductory essays on the treatment of Christians in the Qur’an, Qur’an commentaries, biographies of the Prophet, Hadith and Sunni law, and of Muslims in canon law, and the main body of more than two hundred detailed entries on all the works recorded, whether surviving or lost.

Subscriptions: see

Nonnus (Nunā) of Nisibis

(390 words)

Author(s): G.B. Teule, Herman
Nonnus of Nisibis Date of Birth: Late 8th c. Place of Birth: Region of Nisibis Date of Death: After 862 Place of Death: Unknown Biography Nonnus was a Syrian-Orthodox theologian and archdeacon of Nisibis. The Jewish Karaite philosopher Abū Yaʿqūb al-Qirqisānī (10th c.) states that ‘Nonnus (Nānā), a physician by training, was much respected by the Christians, because he was an accomplished philosopher’ ( Kitāb al-anwār i, 44), and that Dāwūd ibn Marwān al-Muqammaṣ converted from Judaism to Christianity under his influence. Nonnus is known for a Christological dispute with the …

 No original title.

(1,184 words)

Author(s): van Lent, Jos
The Apocalypse of Pseudo-ShenuteThe Apocalypse in the Arabic life of Shenute, The first (Arabic) apocalypse of Shenute, The Prophecy of Christ to Shenute, The Vision of Ps.-Shenute, ApocShen I Unknown author Date: Approximately 695 Original Language: Coptic Description This short historical apocalypse is preserved as part of an Arabic and an Ethiopic version of the Life of Shenute, and consists of a prophecy of Christ to this Coptic saint (d. 464) about the end of time. The prophecy includes references to the Sasanian occupation of Egypt (619-29), the…

 Notitia de Machometo

(846 words)

Author(s): Burman, Thomas E.
'Information concerning Muḥammad' William of Tripoli Date: Approximately 1271 Original Language: Latin Description Some 33 pages long in Engel’s edition, William’s treatise on the ‘knowledge’ or ‘information’ ( notitia) concerning Muḥammad addresses three topics: ‘First, who Muḥammad was, and whence and how his nation ( gens), who are called Saracens, and their sect spread so violently and powerfully. Second, concerning the book of the law of Muḥammad, which is called the Qur’an or Furqān in the language of the Arabs, how it was issued (in…

 No title, though the scribe introduces the corpus of letters as follows:Nuskhat al-shakwā alladhī ishtakāhu anbā Dāwīd maṭrabulīṭ Dimashq ilā anbā Mīkhāyil [Mīkhāʾīl] baṭriyark al-Iskandariyya wa-ilā anbā Iliyyā baṭriyark Bayt al-Maqdas min fiʿl anbā Simiyūn baṭriyark Anṭākiyya, wa-mā ḥakamā bihi fī dhālika wa-athbatā khuṭūṭahumā fīhi

(1,078 words)

Author(s): Lamoreaux, John C.
A copy of the complaint that Abba David, the metropolitan of Damascus, presented to Abba Michael, the patriarch of Alexandria, and Abba Elias, the patriarch of Jerusalem, concerning the action of Abba Symeon, the patriarch of Antioch, as well as what the two of them ruled on the matter and that to which they affixed their signatures David of Damascus Date: 884 Original Language: Arabic Description This letter is the first of a series exchanged between David, Melkite metropolitan of Damascus, Elias, the patriarch of Jerusalem, and Michael, the patriarch of Alex…

 Nuova cronica

(1,753 words)

Author(s): Tolan, John
Istorie fiorentine‘New chronicle’ Giovanni Villani Date: Started in 1308, updated until his death in 1348 (subsequently continued by his brother Matteo and nephew Filippo) Original Language: Italian Description Villani conceived of his work while in Rome for the 1300 jubilee, although he does not seem to have begun work on it until eight years later. He purports to relate ‘the origin and beginnings of the city of Florence, then all the changes that have taken place and that will take place throughout the centuries’ ( incipit to Book 1). He presents Floren…