Anti-Christian Polemic in Early Islam: Abu Isa al-Warraq's Against the Trinity (University of Cambridge Oriental Publications)

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9780521412445: Anti-Christian Polemic in Early Islam: Abu Isa al-Warraq's Against the Trinity (University of Cambridge Oriental Publications)
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Abu 'Isa al-Warraq's Against the Trinity is the longest sustained attack on the Trinity to survive from the early centuries of Islam, and is a key work in the history of the early relations between Islam and Christianity. It contains refutations of the arguments and explanations represented by the Nestorians, Melkites and Jacobites, and comprises the first part of an attack on the major Christian doctrines. It was composed during the early ninth century, and is the only known extant work of the Shi'ite scholar Abu 'Isa al-Warraq. Although his ideas met with scepticism and rejection his works were widely influential in the centuries after his death. David Thomas presents the Arabic text of this treatise, with a facing English translation. In the introduction he shows how the work is both more profound and better researched than other contemporary attacks and traces its influence upon later polemical works. He also draws together details of Abu 'Isa's life and thought from the works of contemporary writers and attempts to give an impression of what the author was trying to achieve in his teachings.

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Text: English, Arabic (translation)
Original Language: Arabic

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..".the translation on the whole is a fine one." Ibrahim M. Abu-Rabi, MESA Bulletin

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