chapter  13
Conclusion to Part 1B
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The relationship between Christianity and Islam likely began as a dispute between Christologies. The Disputation of John and the Emir (23/644) highlights ecumenically that even Chalcedonians had praised the Monophysite John to the Islamic Emir, and were praying for him. The author then entreats his audience to pray for the Emir’s wisdom.1 As neither the Emir nor the Patriarch enter into soteriological debate, the text may be understood as inclusive, and as there seems an attempt to understand the religious other in light of each their own theology, the exchange may be understood as ecumenical.