Christian-Muslim Relations: A Bibliographical History


  • The Department of Theology and Religion at the University of Birmingham
  • A core team
  • Five regional teams covering Africa and the Americas; Western Europe; Eastern Europe; the Middle East and North Africa; and South Asia, East Asia, South-East Asia and Oceania.


  • to understand the historical dimensions of mutual perceptions in modern times
  • to recover and map accurately the roots of Christian-Muslim relations need to be recovered and accurately mapped.
  • to trace the history of relations between the followers of the world’s two most populous religions
  • bring together academics and contributions from all over the world.


  • an encyclopaedic compilation of the records of past encounters in a single history
  • an essential research tool
  • bring together the known writings by Christians and Muslims about one another and against one another

The scope

  • in the period 600-1914.
  • global, all parts of the world.

Project aims

  • What happened to Christian-Muslim relations in the period 600-1914?
  • More specifically, in their accounts of one another, how did Christians and Muslims deploy inherited depictions, and how far did they move beyond these?
  • Identify all relevant works written in the region between 1500 and 1914:
    • wholly or mainly about or against the other faith
    • works that contain significant information or opinions that shed light on attitudes towards it.
  • Identify specialists on particular texts, authors, periods or subjects.
  • Commission descriptive and analytical entries on each of these works.
  • Sponsor large-scale analyses of themes and attitudes revealed within them.

Project outputs

  • Printed volumes
  • Online resources
  • Thematic volumes
  • CMR: The Reader
  • Teaching Resources
  • CMR: A General History

Publications (Printed volumes)

My contribution

Section Editor for South America, 16th and 17th century.

Source: University of Birmingham

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