If you survey the history of Christian thought on Islam, you find in the first millennium a question sometimes posed: is “Islam” just a heretical offshoot of Christianity–a strange kind of Arianism in Arab dress, say? Clearly some Christians, both Greek and Latin, thought that what we today call Islam was not a separate tradition but an unorthodox derivative of Christianity.Some of those views are gathered together in a new book: Medieval Latin Lives of Muhammad, trans. Julian Yolles and Jessica Weiss (Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library, 2018), 712pp.About this book the publisher tells us the following:Throughout the Middle Ages, Christians

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