A History of Christian-Muslim Relations

Hugh Goddard

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A new edition of the classic introduction to Christian-Muslim relations from earliest times to the presentKey features of the new edition include:
  • Adds a major new chapter covering the key developments in Christian–Muslim relations in the 21st century
  • Covers the Dialogue of Civilisations initiative, the Building Bridges seminars, the Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies and the Common Word document
  • Explores the events of 9/11, the Danish cartoons controversy, Pope Benedict’s Regensburg Lecture and the assassination of Shahbaz Bhatti
  • Updated chronology and bibliography

Christians and Muslims comprise the world’s two largest religious communities. This book looks at the history of their relationship – part peaceful co-existence and part violent confrontation – from their first encounters in the medieval period up to the present. It emphasises the theological, cultural and political context in which perceptions and attitudes have developed and gives a depth of historical insight to the complex current Christian–Muslim interactions across the globe.


Note on Transliteration and Dates


Map 1: The Christian and Muslim Worlds c.830/215

Map 2: The Christian and Muslim Worlds Today

1. Introduction

2. The Islamic Impact

3. The First Age of Christian Muslim Interaction (-c. 830/215)

4. The Mediavel Period I: Confrontation or Interaction in the East?

5. The Mediavel Period II: Confrontation or Interaction in the West?

6. The Changing Balance of Power: Mission and Imperialism?

7. New Thinking in the 19th/13th and 20th/14th Centuries

8. Dialogue or Confronation?

9. The 21st/15th Century



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Hugh Goddard is Honorary Professorial Fellow in the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Centre for the Study of Islam in the Contemporary World, University of Edinburgh.

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