Christian-Muslim Relations 600-1500 (CMR600)

Islam and Christianity share an intricate history that goes back fourteen centuries. Present attitudes between Muslims and Christians are shaped by the remembrance of conflict and cooperation. In order to understand the historical dimensions of mutual perceptions in modern times, the roots of Christian-Muslim relations need to be recovered and accurately mapped.

CMR-volume-4Christian-Muslim Relations: A Bibliographical History, an encyclopaedic compilation of the records of past encounters in a single history, will provide an essential research tool to do just that.

The first part of this project covers the period from the rise of Islam in the early 600s until the year 1500. It encompasses encounters within the extended Mediterranean basin, including the Islamic, Byzantine and Ottoman empires, Armenia, Ethiopia, Spain and Europe.

The series Christian-Muslim Relations. A Bibliographical History is published by Brill.

The project team comprises:

  • Professor Johannes Pahlitzsch, University of Mainz – Greek
  • Professor Juan Pedro Monferrer Sala, University of Cordoba – Andalusian Arabic
  • Professor Mark Swanson, Luther School of Theology at Chicago – Christian Arabic
  • Professor Herman Teule, Radboud University Nijmegen - Syriac
  • Professor David Thomas, University of Birmingham – Muslim Arabic and Director
  • Professor John Tolan, University of Nantes – Latin and Romance Vernaculars
  • Dr Alex Mallett, University of London - Research Officer

Each volume contains: introductory essays with a focus on Christian-Muslim interaction, together with accounts of historical, geographical, literary and legal works that refer to the other religious community, followed by detailed bibliographical entries on the works specifically about and against the other faith, their authors, their manuscript and publication history, and studies on them.

  • Volume 1, covering the years 600-900, appeared in 2009; 
  • Volume 2, covering the years 900-1050, appeared in 2010;
  • Volume 3, covering the years 1050-1200, appeared in 2011;
  • Volume 4, covering the years 1200-1350 appeared in 2012;
  • Volume 5, covering the years 1350-1500 appeared in 2013; 
  • The on-line version is up-dated regularly.

Together, they will provide an exhaustive account of Christian-Muslim interaction through history. CMR600, which compiles the records from the first thousand years, began in 2006 and was concluded in 2011. It was funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council.

A new phase of the project began in September 2012 when work started on Christian-Muslim Relations: A Bibliographical History 1500-1900 (CMR1900).