Christian C. Sahner is associate professor of Islamic history at the University of Oxford and a fellow of St Cross College. He is the author of Among the Ruins: Syria Past and Present.
Finalist for the Award for Excellence in the Historical Study of Religion, American Academy of Religion This book is a real achievement. It is a fascinating read for any scholar of Christian-Muslim relations, since it deals with a sensitive topic analytically and in an academically balanced manner. . . . In addition, although the author declares that he had no intension to connect the past with the present, the book opens up a larger window of understanding for any reader who is interested in current events in the Middle East. ---Risto Jukko, Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations Meticulously researched and documented. Sahner's readings of the sources reflect great skill and care for sound methodology. As a result, the book is a welcome contribution to studies focusing on medieval Christian communities and their relationships with Muslims. ---Charles Tieszen, Scottish Journal of Theology Shortlisted for the British-Kuwait Friendship Society Book Prize The Spectator's Books of the Year Christian Sahner has published an excellent study of a long-overlooked and yet extremely important topic. ---Stephen J. Shoemaker, Medieval Encounters Sahner's excellent book . . . draw[s] a detailed, bold, and colorful view of this new complex society in its formative centuries. Through minute and sensitive analysis of a wide array of martyrological stories Sahner deals with the most significant processes that forged a new society and culture during the first three centuries of Islam. ---Milka Levy-Rubin, Bustan: The Middle East Book Review