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Christian Martyrs under Islam: Religious Violence and the Making of the Muslim World

Christian C. Sahner


How did the medieval Middle East transform from a majority-Christian world to a majority-Muslim world, and what role did violence play in this process? This book explains how Christians across the early Islamic caliphate slowly converted to the faith of the Arab conquerors and how small groups of individuals rejected this faith through dramatic acts of resistance, including apostasy and blasphemy. Using previously untapped sources in a range of Middle Eastern languages, the book introduces an unknown group of martyrs who were executed at the hands of Muslim officials between the seventh and ni ... More

Keywords: medieval Middle East, violence, early Islamic caliphate, martyrs, Muslims, Christians, Islamic empire, Christian identity, bloodshed

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780691179100
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691179100.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christian C. Sahner, author
University of Oxford