Early Muslim-Christian Encounters: <i>The Islamization of Christian Space</i>

in Jews, Christians, and the Abode of Islam

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780226471075
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226471099 | DOI:
Early Muslim-Christian Encounters: The Islamization of Christian Space

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This chapter presents a description on the Islamization of Christian space. Although Christian communities in Islamic lands were subject to the same legal discrimination as that of Jews, their reaction to their new and humbling status was markedly different. The Islamization of the city under the Umayyads dealt with the problems that concerned more than the internal politics of the ummah. Jerusalem did not become a holy city for Muslims merely to address the immediate political needs of the Umayyads. The Christians had ambivalent thoughts about iconic representations of human forms. The Christians of Islamic lands continued with the visual expression of their faith. These actions drew the disapproval of stern Muslim authorities, especially in sacred sites shared by the two faiths.

Keywords: Islamization; Christian; Islamic lands; Jews; Umayyads; ummah; Jerusalem; Muslims

Chapter.  8628 words. 

Subjects: Islam

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