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On Tue, 16 Nov 1999, Thomas R. Wier wrote:

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> When Islam first spread through the Near East, most of
> the eastern provinces of the Byzantine Empire were under
> the thrall of the Monophysite "heresy", the belief that the nature

Actually, it may not even be that--many of these "Monophysites" weren't
(and aren't) actually Monophysites.  They and the Chalcedonians seem to
have been cross-talking at each other over some very technical
philosophical terms, and each side came to erroneous conclusions about
the other's beliefs.  Gee!  And they shared a common language, too!  How
could THAT have happened?