Christians and Others in the Umayyad State

TitleChristians and Others in the Umayyad State
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsBorrut A, Donner FMcGraw
Series TitleLate Antique and Medieval Islamic Near East (LAMINE)
Series Volume1
PublisherOriental Institute of the University of Chicago
CityChicago, IL

Co-edited by Fred McGraw Donner, B.A. 1968, Ph.D. 1975.

The papers in this first volume of the new Oriental Institute series LAMINE are derived from a conference entitled “Christians, Jews, and Zoroastrians in the Umayyad State,” held at the University of Chicago on June 17–18, 2011. The goal of the conference was to address a simple question: Just what role did non-Muslims play in the operations of the Umayyad state? It has always been clear that the Umayyad family (r. 41–132/661–750) governed populations in the rapidly expanding empire that were overwhelmingly composed of non-Muslims — mainly Christians, Jews, and Zoroastrians — and the status of those non-Muslim communities under Umayyad rule, and more broadly in early Islam, has been discussed continuously for more than a century. The role of non-Muslims within the Umayyad state has been, however, largely neglected. The eight papers in this volume thus focus on non-Muslims who participated actively in the workings of the Umayyad government.

Table of Contents

Notes for an archaeology of Mu'awiya: material culture in the transitional period of believers / Donald Whitcomb

Mansur Family and Saint John of Damascus: Christians and Muslims in Umayyad times / Sidney H. Griffith

Christians in the service of the Caliph: through the looking glass of communal identities / Muriel Debie

Persian lords and the Umayyads: cooperation and coexistence in a turbulent time / Touraj Daryaee

Non-Muslims in the Muslim conquest army in Early Islam / Wadad al-Qadi

Al-Akhtal at the Court of 'Abd al-Malik: the Qasida and the construction of Umayyad authority / Suzanne Pinckney Stetkevych

'Umar II's ghiyar edict: between ideology and practice / Milka Levy-Rubin

Did 'Umar b. 'Abd al-'Aziz issue an edict concerning non-Muslim officials? / Luke Yarbrough.