Christians and the Qur’an: Missiological Insights from the Earliest Days of Islam

The area of Qur’ānic studies has experienced a resurgence of interest over the past couple of decades. A number of scholars have made novel arguments surrounding the origins, manuscripts, and political milieu in which the Qur’ān was composed. One aspect of this academic advancement that’s received less attention to date has been the question of how Christians during the formative years of Islam engaged with the Islamic text. Where did the Qur’an come from, according to these believers? What did they think of the text? Did they reject it entirely, or did they agree with portions of it? Was the text used in missiological ways, or bypassed entirely?
These questions have formed the impetus of the paper at hand. In this paper, I will examine a half-dozen primary texts written by medieval Christians and answer the question, “How did they engage with the Qur’ān?” The paper will tentatively be broken into four sections: First, I will examine the compilation of the Qur’ān according to a medieval Christian. Second, an example of the Qur’ān being used as an apologetic tool will be analyzed. Third, I will outline the various views on who wrote the Qur’ān and how this information was used to rebut the text. Finally, in light of the ways these Christians interacted with the Qur’ān, I will provide several missiological implications for how we can engage in conversations with our Muslim neighbors today.

5 thoughts on “Christians and the Qur’an: Missiological Insights from the Earliest Days of Islam”

  1. I recommend that this paper
    I recommend that this paper be accepted especially for the sake of variety. It is medieval and is focused on practical engagement with Islam. It’s important that our study section include medieval and not just patristic papers.

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  2. 3.5
    I am highly interested in this topic, but the proposal itself sounds tentative in its details (and possibly very broad in its scope), so it is difficult to assess its quality. I would have given it a 3.5 if it were possible.

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