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This introductory chapter presents overview of the book, which deals with the study of the Bible in Arab Christianity. This study under early Islam is in great part the study of the experience of Arab Christians in this period and of their constant awareness of having to defend the origins and intellectual probity of their beliefs against the challenges of the vigorous new faith that sought to overthrow them. The book broaches the issue of the earliest Arabic translations of scripture and liturgical texts, though from a wider historical point of view. It examines the use of scriptural references in a group of Christian texts whose authors are aware of Islam that can also be dated to the Umayyad period. The book takes up the issue of Christian-Muslim polemic head on.

Keywords: Arab Christianity; Bible; Christian scripture; Islam; liturgical text; Muslim polemicist; Umayyad period

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