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Matthew Of Edessa

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This chapter presents a short description of the book Chronicle of Matthew of Edessa on Christian-Muslim relations. The Chronicle of Matthew of Edessa is the first work of Armenian 'diaspora' history, in that it was written a lifetime after the fall of the Armenian kingdom in the mid-11th century, by an Armenian living in the Syrian city of Edessa. As a work of history from an Eastern Christian viewpoint, the Chronicle of Matthew of Edessa has often been used as an 'impartial' account of relations not only between Christians and Muslims before and during the crusades, but also between the Catholic crusaders and the Orthodox Byzantines. The theological texts that are preserved within the Chronicle - most notably the confession of faith attributed to the deposed young king Gagik II Bagratuni, delivered before the court of Constantine X Doucas in Constantinople - concern disputes between the Byzantine and Armenian churches.

Keywords: Christian-Muslim relations; Matthew of Edessa



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