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Note On Conventions

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This section of the book titled The Legend of Sergius Baḥῑrā: Eastern Christian Apologetics and Apocalyptic in Response to Islam contains a note on conventions. The texts presented in the book have at their core a very simple idea. It is the idea that the Prophet Muḥammad, during his early years, encountered a Christian monk. Most Muslims and Christians in the Middle East, who as early as the eighth century CE were telling stories about this encounter, would not have liked to call this encounter an 'idea' but rather a 'historical given'. The book explores the interplay of anti-Muslim polemic and Christian apologetics in the many narratives that revolve around this encounter.

Keywords: Christian monk; Sergius Baḥῑrā



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