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This article explores early Muslim participation in local and large Christian festivals through the lens of two discussions within a tenth-century legal responsa, the Ahl al-milal. The local festivals of Job at Dayr Ayyūb and the Epiphany at Ṭūr Tabūr, as well as the larger festivals of Palm...
By using several contemporaneous compilations now embedded in the History of the Patriarchs of Alexandria, and by putting these in conversation with parallel texts produced in Syriac, this article explores the revitalisation of the contacts between the Severan patriarchs of Alexandria and...
This article argues that the Chronicle of Seert preserves an ʿAbbāsid-era re-imagination of the correspondence between the Prophet Muḥammad and the Christians of the Arabian Peninsula. These narratives were responses to Muslim efforts to produce consistent rules for non-Muslims in the caliphate...
Why did medieval Islamic polities permit non-Muslims to develop their own institutions of communal governance, and even actively encourage those institutions’ autonomy from the state? The historiography on Jewish communal autonomy is particularly well-developed, so it can help advance inquiries...
Mushegh Asatryan has recently criticised the use of the word “community” as a framework for understanding early Shiʿism. This article makes the case in favour of community as a framework when used precisely as a foundation for a properly sociological approach to early Imāmī Shiʿism. Imāmī...
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