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Early Islam In The Light Of Christian And Jewish Sources

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Christian and Jewish references to early Islam are external witnesses that do not directly represent the internal development of the religion they purport to describe, but rather reflect the ways in which it was perceived by adherents of other religions . It must therefore be borne in mind that Jewish and Christian views of early Islam are always related to these communities' own understanding of the world: the Other (i.e., Islam) is not simply mirrored as it is, but is subjected to interpretation. This chapter contributes to such a nuanced appraisal of the Jewish and Christian sources on early Islam. It outlines the general frame of reference within which these early attempts at making sense of a new religion took place, and then presents some of the statements, which Christian texts make about Islam.

Keywords: Christian; early Islam; Jewish



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