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The Imam of the Christians: The World of Dionysius of Tel-Mahre, c. 750-850

Philip Wood


This book examines how Christian leaders adopted and adapted the political practices and ideas of their Muslim rulers between 750 and 850 in the Abbasid caliphate in the Jazira (modern eastern Turkey and northern Syria). Focusing on the writings of Dionysius of Tel-Mahre, the patriarch of the Jacobite church, the book describes how this encounter produced an Islamicate Christianity that differed from the Christianities of Byzantium and western Europe in far more than just theology. In doing so, the book opens a new window on the world of early Islam and Muslims' interactions with other religio ... More

Keywords: Christian leaders, Abbasid caliphate, Muslim rulers, Jazira, Dionysius of Tel-Mahre, Jacobite church, Islamicate Christianity, Muslim elites, Christian clerics, Middle Eastern Christianity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780691212791
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: September 2021 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691212791.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Philip Wood, author
Aga Khan University's Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations