Christian-Muslim Relations. A Bibliographical History
This is an international research project, based at the University of Birmingham, England, now into its final phase.
The primary aim is to document all known material written by Muslims and Christians about, for, or against the other – or, in some other way, especially in the later centuries of the ‘modern’ (post 1600) era, illustrative of aspects and dynamics of relations between them. These key criteria are applied to a very wide range of literary genres.
The first phase produced five volumes, spanning the nine centuries from 600 to 1500, and has captured all known works that meet the project’s criteria. A second phase, covering the 16th, 17th & 18th centuries, has produced a comprehensive record in nine volumes. The third and final phase, which deals with the long nineteenth century (1800-1914) and is projected to produce some eight volumes.
At the commencement of the second phase I joined the project as a Team Leader for the Asia section. Whereas the first phase dealt with ancient manuscripts within and around to Mediterranean basin, where these religions were primarily located and interacted, by the 16th century the advent of the printing press together the expansion of both religions throughout the globe – which also expanded the languages in which members of these faiths were now writing in – necessitated a new methodology whereby the globe was divided into five regions, each with a small specialist research team. Team Leaders have editorial responsibility in respect to their region.
Phase Two CMR volumes with which I have been directly involved:
David Thomas and John Chesworth, et al (eds), Christian-Muslim Relations. A Bibliographical History, Vol. 12. Asia, Africa and the Americas (1700-1800). Leiden & Boston: Brill, 2018, pp. xix + 912.
David Thomas and John Chesworth, et al (eds), Christian-Muslim Relations. A Bibliographical History, Vol. 11. South and East Asia, Africa and the Americas (1600-1700). Leiden & Boston: Brill, 2017, pp. xv + 640.
David Thomas and John Chesworth, et al (eds), Christian-Muslim Relations. A Bibliographical History. Vol 7. Central and Eastern Europe, Asia, Africa and South America (1500-1600). Leiden & Boston: Brill, 2015, pp. xii + 963.
For the final, 19th century, phase I will have an additional main editorial role. Entries are published both online and in hardback volumes. This project is likely to last into 2023.