Veneration of the Cross in the Medieval Islamic World

Posted January 6, 2018 10:06 pm by Dr. Adam DeVille

Today, the ancient and wonderful feast of the Theophany (about which see Nick Denysenko’s book here), will often see many Eastern Christians carving crosses out of ice near newly blessed bodies of water, and then hurling wooden hand crosses into those waters to make of them an offering back to their Creator. This seems a quintessentially Christian ritual, but how was it handled in the Muslim world, where so many Eastern Christians lived and live?I count it a success in my courses on Eastern Christian encounters with Islam when my students come to appreciate how often the boundaries were more

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