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This introductory chapter provides an overview of this book, which examines the works of three of the earliest known Christian theologians to explain and defend their beliefs in Arabic. In particular, it deals with their writings on the doctrine of the Trinity, a doctrine that is central to the Christian faith and one that has proven to be a fundamental theological stumbling block throughout the history of Christian-Muslim interaction. The book explores the historical, political, social and intellectual contexts in which Christian authors were composing their works, in order to give the reader some background information and outline key issues to consider when reading works on the Trinity. It examines three of the main representatives of Christian Arabic theological writings in the early ninth century, by way of close textual analysis of writings pertaining to the doctrine of the Trinity.

Keywords: Arabic theological writings; Christian-Muslim interaction; Trinity



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