Early Muslim Views of the Apostle Paul: Origins and Implications

Dr Martin Whittingham
Centre for Muslim-Christian Studies

The Apostle Paul is mentioned in a number of early Muslim sources, as a conspirator who corrupted the true teaching of Jesus. This resulted in Christian teaching deviating from Jesus’ teaching. The paper presents statements about Paul from a number of texts from the early centuries of Islam.

Similar anti-Pauline themes in Jewish literature are then explored, since these very likely influenced the Muslim literature. Finally the implications of this portrayal of Paul in Muslim works are discussed with reference to two areas: first, attitudes towards the text of the New Testament; and secondly Muslim-Christian relations more broadly.