The Catholic University of America

Sidney H. Griffith, S.T. (Ph.D., The Catholic University of America)


Principal areas of interest

Arabic Christianity; Syriac monasticism; medieval Christian-Muslim encounters; ecumenical and interfaith dialogue

Selected Publications


Arabic Christianity in the Monasteries of Ninth-Century Palestine. Collected Studies Series 380. Brookfield, Vermont: Variorum, 1992.
The Beginnings of Christian Theology in Arabic : Muslim-Christian encounters in the early Islamic period. Collected Studies Series 746. Aldershot, Hants, England ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, 2002.
'Faith Adoring the Mystery': Reading the Bible with St. Ephraem the Syrian. The Père Marquette Lecture in Theology, 1997. Milwaukee, WI: Marquette University Press, 1997.
A Treatise on the Veneration of the Holy Icons Written in Arabic by Theodore Abu Qurrah, Bishop of Harran. Eastern Christian Texts in Translation 1. Leuven: Peeters, 1997.
Ya?y? ibn ?Ad?, The Reformation of Morals: a Parallel Arabic-English text. Translated and introduced by Sidney H. Griffith. Eastern Christian Texts (Provo, Utah) 1. Utah : Brigham Young University Press, 2002.
The Church in the Shadow of the Mosque: Christians and Muslims in the World of Islam. Jews, Christians, and Muslims from the ancient to the modern world. Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, 2007.


"Answers for the Shaykh: a 'Melkite' Arabic Text from Sinai and the Doctrines of the Trinity and the Incarnation in 'Arab Orthodox' Apologetics." Pp. 277-309 in The Encounter of Eastern Christianity with Early Islam. Ed. E. Grypeou, Mark Swanson, and David Thomas. Leiden; Boston: Brill, 2006.
"Christianity in Edessa and the Syriac-speaking World: Mani, Bar Daysan, and Ephraem; the Struggle for Allegiance on the Aramean Frontier," Journal of the Canadian Society for Syriac Studies 2 (2002) 5-20.
"From Aramaic to Arabic: The Languages of the Monasteries of Palestine in the Byzantine and Early Islamic Periods," Dumbarton Oaks Papers 51 (1997) 11-31.
"Julian Saba, 'Father of the Monks' of Syria," Journal of Early Christian Studies 2 (1994) 185-216.
"'Melkites', 'Jacobites' and the Christological Controversies in Arabic in Third/Ninth-Century Syria," 9-55 in Syrian Christians under Islam: the First Thousand Years, ed. D. Thomas. Leiden: Brill, 2001.
"Sharing the Faith of Abraham: The 'Credo' of Louis Massignon," Islam and Muslim-Christian Relations 8 (1997) 193-210.
"'Spirit in the Bread; Fire in the Wine': the Eucharist as 'Living Medicine' in the Thought of Ephraem the Syrian." Pp. 113-134 in Catholicism and Catholicity: Eucharistic Communities in Historical and Contemporary Perspectives. Ed. S. Beckwith. Directions in Modern Theology; Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, 1999.
"Theology and the Arab Christian: the Case of the 'Melkite'* Creed," 184-200 in A Faithful Presence: Essays for Kenneth Cragg, ed. D. Thomas with C. Amos. London: Melisende, 2003.

Contributions to Reference Works:

The Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium, ed. A.P. Khazdan (1991): articles on Syriac literature; Abdisho' bar Berika; Barsanouphios; others.
A Dictionary of Eastern Christianity, co-editor with D. Brady et al. (1999): articles on Arab Christianity; Eutychius of Alexandria; others.
Religion in Geschichte und Gegenwart (4th ed.), ed. H.D. Betz et al. (1999): articles on Christian Arabic literature; others.