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School of History

Dr Anna Chrysostomides


Lecturer in Islamic History

Room Number: ArtsTwo 3.29


My research interests generally cover the social dynamics of conversion between Christianity and Islam from the 8th through the 10th centuries. Particularly people who vacillated between Christianity and Islam, Muslim participation in Christian rituals and vice versa, and social situations which would have engendered people identifying with both religions such as: Christian wives of Muslim husbands, children of those unions, Christian mawālī of Muslims, and Christian slaves of Muslims.



‘“There is no god but God”: Islamisation, and Religious Code Switching, eighth to tenth centuries’, in Islamisation: Comparative Perspectives from History, ed. A.C.S. Peacock (Edinburgh University Press, 2017).


‘Creating a theology of icons in Umayyad Palestine: John of Damascus’ Three treatises on the divine images’, Journal of Ecclesiastical History (2020).


‘John of Damascus’ Theology of Icons in the Context of 8th century Abrahamic Iconoclasm’, Dumbarton Oaks Papers (November 2021).


‘There’s no Harm in it’: Muslim attendance of Christian festivals (700-900 CE)’, al-Masaq, (January, 2021). Freely available online


The Islamization of the Medieval Near East: Dynamics of Conversion in Early Islam, (Forthcoming, Princeton University Press, 2024).


Current PHD Students

  • Julie Bungey – Ladies, Lordships and Losses; The lives of three generations of aristocratic women in the fifteenth century: Alice Montagu, Countess of Salisbury, Katherine Neville, Baroness Hastings and Cecily Bonville, Marchioness of Dorset.
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