Arab Christians and Islam: Conflicts and Contributions

David H. Vila


David H. Vila points out that as contemporary Christians struggle with understanding Islam, the issues of Muslim violence, the nature of Muhammadís mission, and matters of moral/ social import often come to the fore. Not surprisingly, these sorts of issues have arisen in Christian-Muslim dialogue for over a millennium. Three of the earliest Arab Christian theologians: Theodore Abu Qurrah (d.c. 820), `Ammar al-Basri (fl. 9th century), and Yahya ibn `Adi al-Takriti (d. 974) all dealt with these concerns. The following essay demonstrates specific avenues for belief and practice that contemporary Christians can learn from the writings of these theologians. Mr. Vila is Assistant Professor of Religion and Philosophy at John Brown University.


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