Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500

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Christian-Muslim Relations, a Bibliographical History Online is a general online history of relations between the faiths. It covers the period from 600 to 1500, when encounters took place through the extended Mediterranean basin and are recorded in Syriac, Arabic, Greek, Latin and other languages. Christian Muslim Relations Online comprises introductory essays on the treatment of Christians in the Qur’an, Qur’an commentaries, biographies of the Prophet, Hadith and Sunni law, and of Muslims in canon law, and the main body of more than two hundred detailed entries on all the works recorded, whether surviving or lost.

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 Awāʾil al-adilla fī uṣūl al-dīn

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Author(s): Thomas, David
Fundamentals of the proofs for the principles of religion Abū l-Qāsim al-Balkhī Date: Unknown; before 931 Original Language: Arabic Description The Awāʾil al-adilla appears to have been a compendium of Muslim doctrines according to Muʿtazilī principles, and it was evidently a significant work. It attracted refutations from al-Ashʿarī (q.v.), al-Māturīdī (q.v.), Ibn Fūrak, and others, while the historian Abū Naṣr al-Muṭahhar ibn Ṭāhir (or al-Muṭahhar) al-Maqdisī (q.v.) praises its argument for the existence of a Creator ( Kitāb al-badʾ wa-l-taʾrīkh, 6 parts in 2 vols, Cairo…

 Al-ʿawāṣim min al-qawāṣim

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Author(s): El Hour, Rachid
Protections from catastrophes Ibn al-ʿArabī Date: 1144 Original Language: Arabic Description This work is concerned with kalām, and contains often very aggressive criticisms of those with whom Ibn al-ʿArabī disagrees. He makes clear his absolute disagreement with the philosophers, emphasizing that rational thought must be in harmony with revelation, because through the Qur’an God has solved every problem and every doubt. A detail of the book concerns a reminiscence of Ibn al-ʿArabī’s time in Jerusalem, where he encountered many debating circles. In one he…