Initial Byzantine Reactions to the Arab Conquest

  title={Initial Byzantine Reactions to the Arab Conquest},
  author={Walter Emil Kaegi},
  journal={Church History},
  pages={139 - 149}
  • W. Kaegi
  • Published 1 June 1969
  • History
  • Church History
Numerous competent studies have appeared on Christian apologetics—both Byzantine and Western Medieval—against Islam. A significant gap, however, remains. The Byzantines, of course, first encountered Islam because of the Arab conquest in the second and third quarters of the seventh century. Yet the earliest known Byzantine apologist against Islam is Saint John Damascene in the eighth century. But what initial impression did the Arab conquest and Islam make upon seventh-century Byzantine… 
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