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ʿAmmār al-Baṣrī's Arabic Apologetics

The Book of the Proof concerning the Course of the Divine Economy and The Book of Questions and Answers


Translated by Mark Beaumont
A new English translation of the two apologetic works by the 9th-century East Syrian theologian ʿAmmār al-Baṣrī. The Book of the Proof and The Book of Questions and Answers were written to defend Christian beliefs in the face of Muslim criticism.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
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SKU (ISBN): 978-1-4632-4458-3
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Publication Status: In Print
Publication Date: Aug 23,2022
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 330
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-4632-4458-3
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This is the first English translation of the two apologetic works by the 9th-century East Syrian theologian ʿAmmār al-Baṣrī. The Book of the Proof and The Book of Questions and Answers were written to defend Christian beliefs in the face of Muslim criticism. ʿAmmār's defense of the authenticity of the gospels, the Trinity, the divinity of Christ, the Incarnation, the death of Christ by crucifixion, the resurrection of Christ, and the nature of the afterlife, formed the first systematic theology in Arabic written in dialogue with Muslim thinkers of his time. This English translation should enable global readers to appreciate the depth of engagement of this virtually unknown theologian with his Islamic context, and to provide them with assistance in relating to the concerns that Muslims have today with Christian beliefs and practices.

This is the first English translation of the two apologetic works by the 9th-century East Syrian theologian ʿAmmār al-Baṣrī. The Book of the Proof and The Book of Questions and Answers were written to defend Christian beliefs in the face of Muslim criticism. ʿAmmār's defense of the authenticity of the gospels, the Trinity, the divinity of Christ, the Incarnation, the death of Christ by crucifixion, the resurrection of Christ, and the nature of the afterlife, formed the first systematic theology in Arabic written in dialogue with Muslim thinkers of his time. This English translation should enable global readers to appreciate the depth of engagement of this virtually unknown theologian with his Islamic context, and to provide them with assistance in relating to the concerns that Muslims have today with Christian beliefs and practices.

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ContributorBiography

Mark Beaumont

Mark Beaumont is a research associate at London School of Theology who has published widely on Christian-Muslim relations both in the early era of Muslim rule and in recent times. His Open University PhD was published in 2005 as Christology in Dialogue with Muslims: A Critical Analysis of Christian Presentations of Christ for Muslims from the Ninth and Twentieth Centuries. In 2018 he edited Arab Christians and the Qurʾan from the Origins of Islam to the Medieval Period. In 2021 he published The Theology of ʿAmmār al-Baṣrī: Commending Christianity within Islamic Culture, which is a companion study to the translation of ʿAmmār al-Baṣrī's two works.

Table of Contents (v)
Acknowledgments (vii)
Introduction to ʿAmmār al-Baṣrī’s Apologetic Writing (1)
The Book of the Proof concerning the Course of the Divine Economy (25)
The Book of Questions and Answers (121)
Bibliography (305)
Index (311)

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