69 million page views

Isaac of Nineveh (D 700 CE) and the Arab invasion of the Middle East

Reader comment on item: Uncovering Early Islam
in response to reader comment: The earliest Dhimmi writings on Islam! "When Christians First Met Muslims"

Submitted by dhimmi no more (United States), Jul 7, 2018 at 20:03

Dr Pipes

I have a request to make and that is to convey my post below to Robert Spencer

A reader in twitter posted a question to Robert Spencer. The reader was wondering if Robert Spencer included writings by Isaac of Nineveh ( in Syriac ܡܪܝ ܐܝܣܚܩ ܕܢܝܢܘ or Mari IsHaq d'Nino, and in Arabic اسحاق النينوي or IsHaq al-Ninawi) in his book: "Did Muhammad Exist."

I'm not aware of any writings by IsHaq al-Syriani (also Isaac of Nineveh) where he provided information about the Arab invaders, Islam or Muhammad. Yes, he must have witnessed the Arab invasion because he died in 700 CE.

I performed a cursory review of very early Syriac literary sources in Hoyland extensive survey as well as in Michael Philip Penn's book (that I just reviewed) I was not able to find any extant writings by Isaac about the Arab invaders and what was to become Islam or Muhammad.

However, if Robert Spencer knows of any extant literary texts written by Isaac about the Arab invaders, Islam and Muhammad then I suggest that he posts them either on twitter or at jihadwatch.org

Thank you very much


Note: Opinions expressed in comments are those of the authors alone and not necessarily those of Daniel Pipes. Original writing only, please. Comments are screened and in some cases edited before posting. Reasoned disagreement is welcome but not comments that are scurrilous, off-topic, commercial, disparaging religions, or otherwise inappropriate. For complete regulations, see the "Guidelines for Reader Comments".

Follow Daniel Pipes

Facebook   Twitter   RSS   Join Mailing List

All materials by Daniel Pipes on this site: © 1968-2023 Daniel Pipes. daniel.pipes@gmail.com and @DanielPipes

Support Daniel Pipes' work with a tax-deductible donation to the Middle East Forum.Daniel J. Pipes

(The MEF is a publicly supported, nonprofit organization under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.

Contributions are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law. Tax-ID 23-774-9796, approved Apr. 27, 1998.

For more information, view our IRS letter of determination.)