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Michael Philip Penn
Stanford University (South Hadley, MA 01075-1461)
Imaging Islam: Syriac Christian Responses to the Islamic Conquests

Syriac speaking Christians from Northern Mesopotamia were the first Christians to encounter Muslims and they wrote most of our earliest references to Islam. Nevertheless, because few modern scholars read the Aramaic dialect of Syriac, these witnesses to the earliest strata of Christian/Muslim relations remain virtually unanalyzed. “Imaging Islam: Syriac Christian Responses to the Islamic Conquests” will provide the first comprehensive investigation of these sources and help document the initial interactions of the modern world’s two largest religions. An NEH summer grant would allow me to begin preliminary work on the third section of this book project.

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Project fields:
Religion, General

Summer Stipends

Research Programs

$5,000 (approved)
$5,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2005 – 8/31/2005