Book Series Judaïsme ancien et origines du christianisme, vol. 13

Jewish Christianity and the Origins of Islam

Papers presented at the Colloquium held in Washington DC, October 29-31, 2015 (8th ASMEA Conference)

Francisco del Río Sánchez (ed)

  • Pages: 192 p.
  • Size:156 x 234 mm
  • Language(s):English, French
  • Publication Year:2018

  • ISBN: 978-2-503-57779-1
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The volume collects the papers of a two-day colloquium held in Washington DC in October 2015 about the question of the influence of Jewish-Christianity on the early Islam.

Cover illustration: MS1572a, Mingana Collection of Middle Eastern Manuscripts, Cadbury Research Library, University of Birmingham.


“Accordingly, the field of Qur’anic studies is well served by such a volume which offers the insights of scholars who are comfortable not only with the Islamic sciences but also with the late antique Judaism and Christianity.” (Gabriel Said Reynolds, in Review of Qur’anic Research, 5/3, 2019)

« L’intérêt de l’ouvrage réside ainsi dans la pluralité des voix, des contributions les plus réservées aux plus optimistes. Au sein d’une littérature foisonnante sur la question, cette publication offre une passionnante synthèse des points de vue et des multiples écueils méthodologiques. » (Adrien de Jarmy, dans Bulletin Critique des Annales Islamologiques, 34, 2020, p. 46-7)

“(…) il libro, dato l’ argomento e la sua attualità scientifica, è accattivante e merita di essere tenuto presente per una biblioteca e come sussidio nei vari ambiti della ricerca universitaria.” (Osvalda Andrei, in Adamantius, 26, 2020, p. 714)


Among all the different theories that currently explore the religious milieu of Late Antiquity to elucidate the origins of the Islamic religion, there is a group of scholars supporting that Jewish Christianity must have played a role in its formation, reviving the question of a potential link between Early Islam and the beliefs and practices of those followers of Jesus that maintained or adopted certain Jewish beliefs and practices, either Jews that believed in the messianism and/or the prophecy of Jesus, groups whose existence and nature is still a matter of debate. In any case, the question is still subject of passionate debate among specialists.

This volume collects the papers of a two-day colloquium held in Washington DC in October 2015 about the question of Jewish Christianity and Early Islam and highlights the vitality of this field of studies. The contributions included here cover a broad range of topics, and they offer new ideas, interpretations and understandings of the question.



Guillaume Dye, Jewish Christianity, the Qurʾān, and Early Islam: Some methodological caveats

Robert Hoyland, The Jewish and/or Christian Audience of the Qurʾān and the Arabic Bible

Simon C. Mimouni, Du Verus Propheta Chrétien (Ébionite?) au Sceau des Prophètes musulman. 

Francisco del Río, Jewish-Christianity and Islamic Origins. The Transformation of a peripheral religious movement?

Carlos A. Segovia, The Jews and Christians of Pre-Islamic Yemen (Ḥimyar) and the Elusive Matrix of the Qurʾān’s Christology

Stephen Shoemaker, Jewish Christianity, Non-Trinitarianism, and the Beginnings of Islam

Holger Zellentin, Judaeo-Christian Legal Culture and the Qurʾān: The Case of Ritual Slaughter and the Consumption of Animal Blood

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