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Свети Йоан Дамаскин, Теодор Абу Кура и ранният ислям
St John of Damascus, Theodore Abu Qurrah and the early Islam

Author(s): Yuliyan Velikov
Subject(s): History, Cultural history, Comparative history, History of ideas, Middle Ages, Theology and Religion, Islam studies, Comparative Studies of Religion, 6th to 12th Centuries, History of Islam, History of Religion
Published by: Издателска къща "Гутенберг"
Keywords: Islam studies; Muslim Studies; Religion; Religion studies; History; Comparative studies
Summary/Abstract: With the formation of Islam as a religion in the 7th century, initially spread over the Arabian Peninsula, Christianitu faces a new challenge, which the Christian theologians are not entirely prepared to meet since this "doctrine" can not be "seen" through the eyes of the Antiquity. Saint John of Damascus and Theodore Abu Qurrah represent the early polemics with Islam. Their answer to the call of the minaret reveals two important aspects of the Christian polemics with Islam: through knowledge of the Qur'an as a text and highly competent polemical presence. These two features, in one way or another, were later recognized, assembled and followed by all Christian polemicists in the East and West.