Sidney H. Griffith

Professor of Early Christian Studies, Catholic University
Washington, D.C.

Sidney H. Griffith is Ordinary Professor Emeritus in the Department of Semitic and Egyptian Languages and Literatures in the School of Arts and Sciences at the Catholic University of America, where he earned the doctorate. In 1977 with a thesis entitled, “The Controversial Theology of Theodore Abū Qurrah (c.750-c.820 AD): A Methodological, Comparative Study in Christian Arabic Literature.”

His areas of interest and academic responsibility are Syriac Patristics, Christian Arabic Literature, the history and culture of the Christian Churches in the Middle East, and the history of Christian/Muslim relations, especially within the World of Islam and in the Early Islamic period.

In addition to numerous conference presentations, public lectures, book reviews, and articles on topics in his areas of interest, his publications include: Yayā ibn ‘Adī, The Reformation of Morals: A Parallel Arabic-English Edition (2002); The Church in the Shadow of the Mosque: Christians and Muslims in the World of Islam (2008); The Bible in Arabic: The Scriptures of the ‘People of the Book’ in the Language of Islam (2013).

More recent publications include the following: “Christians and the Arabic Qur’ān: Prooftexting, Polemics, and Intertwined Scriptures,” Intellectual History of the Islamicate World 2 (2014), pp. 243-266; “Paul of Antioch,” in Samuel Noble & Alexander Treiger (eds.), The Orthodox Church in the Arab World 700-1700: An Anthology of Sources. DeKalb, IL: Northern Illinois University Press, 2014. Chap. 10, pp. 216-235, 327-331; “The Qur’ān’s ‘Nazarenes’ and Other Late Antique Christians: Arabic-Speaking ‘Gospel People’ in Qur’ānic Perspective,” in S.H. Griffith and S. Grebenstein (eds.), Christsein in der islamischen Welt: Festschrift für Martin Tamcke zum 60. Geburtstag (Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2015), pp. 81-106; “St. Ephraem’s Theological Adversaries: Readings in Hymns against Heresies: Madrāshê 22-24,” in Thomas FitzGerald (ed.), A Ministry of Reconciliation: Essays in Honor of Metropolitan Maximos Aghiorgousis (Brookline, Massachusetts: Holy Cross Orthodox Press, 2015), pp. 121-141; “Disclosing the mystery: the hermeneutics of typology in Syriac exegesis,” in Mordechai Z. Cohen & Adele Berlin (eds), Interpreting Scriptures in Judaism, Christianity and Islam: Overlapping Inquiries (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016), pp. 46-64; “St. Ephraem the Syrian, the Qur’ān, and the Grapevines of Paradise: An Essay in Comparative Eschatology,” in Sebastian Günther & Todd Lawson (eds.), Roads to Paradise: Eschatology and Concepts of the Hereafter in Islam (2 vols.; Leiden: Brill, 2017), vol. II, pp. 781-805.