Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500

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Peter of Damascus
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Peter was metropolitan of Damascus in the first half of the 8th century. John of Damascus wrote his Contra Jacobitas on his behalf (Kotter, iv, p. 109), and he was also the recipient of John’s Libellus de recta sententia (PG 94, col. 1421A). According to Theophanes and Michael the Syrian, the Caliph al-Walīd II (r. 743-44) ordered that Peter should have his tongue cut out and be exiled to Yemen (Arabia Felix) because he did not abstain fro…

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Pahlitzsch, Johannes, “Peter of Damascus”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 19 January 2020 <>
First published online: 2010

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