Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

Answers For The Shaykh: A ‘Melkite’ Arabic Text From Sinai And The Doctrines Of The Trinity And The Incarnation In ‘Arab Orthodox’ Apologetics

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

This chapter examines in some detail one small Christian tract, written in Arabic by a now unknown author, as one example of how Christian thinkers in the Islamic milieu chose to commend the doctrines of the Trinity and the Incarnation to inquiring Muslims. The author of the tract was a ‘Melkite’. The chapter unfolds under the following headings: the beginnings of Melkite theology in Arabic in Jerusalem in the late eighth century; the presentation of the Arabic tract in its single manuscript source, with special attention to the structure of the text and the unfolding of the author’s arguments; and finally a discussion of the role of the quotations from the Qurʾan in the tract, and the author’s use of Qurʾanic references and modes of expression, in the service of his basically apologetic enterprise of contextualizing Christian theology within the parameters of the discourse of the non-Christian, Islamic scripture.

Keywords: Arabic tract; Christian tract; doctrines of the Trinity; incarnation; Islamic scripture; Jerusalem; Melkite; Qurʾan; Sinai



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    The Encounter of Eastern Christianity with Early Islam — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation