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Islam and Christianity in Medieval Anatolia bargains a comparative method of knowing the unfold of Islam and Muslim tradition in medieval Anatolia. It goals to think again paintings within the box because the 1971 vintage through Speros Vryonis, The Decline of Hellenism in Asia Minor and the method of Islamization which treats the method of transformation from a Byzantinist point of view. given that then, examine has provided insights into person facets of Christian-Muslim family, yet no evaluate has seemed. additionally, only a few students of Islamic reviews have tested the matter, which means facts in Arabic, Persian and Turkish has been a bit of ignored on the rate of Christian assets, and too little recognition has been given to fabric tradition. The essays during this quantity research the interplay among Christianity and Islam in medieval Anatolia via 3 specific angles, starting with a considerable creation by way of the editors to give an explanation for either the examine history and the ancient challenge, making the paintings obtainable to students from different fields. the 1st workforce of essays examines the Christian event of dwelling below Muslim rule, evaluating their reviews in different of the foremost Islamic states of Anatolia among the 11th and 15th centuries, specially the Seljuks and the Ottomans. the second one set of essays examines encounters among Christianity and Islam in paintings and highbrow lifestyles. They spotlight the ways that a few traditions have been shared throughout confessional divides, suggesting the lifestyles of a typical inventive and accordingly cultural vocabulary. the ultimate part focusses at the technique of Islamisation, specially as noticeable from the Arabic, Persian and Turkish textual proof with particular consciousness to the function of Sufism.

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De Goeje (Leiden, 1879- 98), vol. 2, 458 notes the use of dihqiins to collect taxes. 20 M. Bates, 'Byzantine Coinage and Its Imitations, Arab Coinage and Its Imitations: The Byzantine-Arab Coinage', Aram 6 (1984): 381-403, at 393-4. 21 John of Nikiu, Chronicle, trans. R. Charles (London and Oxford: William Norgate, 1916), CXXI,5. 22 The tyrannical powers of the shahregan of northern Iraq, and their eventual destruction by the Arabs, is a strong theme of the Life of Maranemmeh, preserved in Thomas of Marga, The Book of Governors, ed.

Amr, Kitab al-Magda/, ed. and trans . H. Gismondi, Mans, Amri et Salibae: De Patriarchis Nestorianorum Commentaria (Rome: de Luigi, 1899), 44/22- 61/35, noting the lists of foundations 23 28 Islam and Christianity in Medieval Anatolia the great monastery of Izia, but they extend into Central As ia, and into Daylam on the shores of the Caspian. This general impress ion is also confirmed by archaeological evidence from the Persian Gulf, where a series of monasteries and churches have been recently re-dated to the early Islamic period, having long been thought to be Sasanian in date.

In addition, scholarship on medieval Iberia has tended to be more sophisticated than that on Anatolia, as well as benefiting from a more accessible source base, and can inform debates on religious diversity in the eastern Mediterranean. Conquered during the first wave of Arab invasion in the early eighth century, the history of Islamic Iberia has been the subj ect of extensive research. 48 Likewise, the process of Christian Reconquista that gathered strength from the mid-eleventh century has also caught the attention of historians.

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