chapter  6
The Trinity
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Phase 1 (11/632-114/733) There is very little mention of trinitarian theology during this time. The debate over the nature of Christ during this phase is outlined in Phase 1 on the Incarnation below. However, one text does offer a rather curious comment. In The Disputation of the Monk of Bet Hale and the Arab Notable (c.101/720),1 a monk and an Arab associated with Maslama b. ’Abd al-Malik supposedly held a debate. The content including the apparent conversion of the monk’s opponent quickly reveals a fabricated story.2 Nevertheless, the story of the disputation reveals something of the Christian view of Islam.