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Muslims and Christians: <i>Perceptions, Polemics, and Apologetics</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: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226471099.003.0010
Muslims and Christians: Perceptions, Polemics, and Apologetics

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This chapter explores the perceptions, polemics, and apologetics of Muslims and Christians. Jews and Christians developed an apologetic literature defending their faith. Unlike the Jews, Christians presented a relatively early and extensive record of their response. The conversion brought greater social acceptance and, with exemption from the poll tax imposed on Christians and Jews, a lessening of the new Muslims' financial burdens. The world of early Christianity and late Judaism was permeated with accounts of the “end of times” and the onset of a sublime messianic age. Christian polemicists explained how the Qur'an was accepted by the gullible Arabs and suggested why the second and largest surah of Muslim scripture came to be called al-Baqarah, “The Cow.” The Jewish converts to Islam introduced the practice of circumcision to Muhammad's followers.

Keywords: Muslims; Christians; polemics; apologetics; Jews; Christianity; Judaism; Qur'an; Islam; Muhammad

Chapter.  10143 words. 

Subjects: Islam

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