Christian-Muslim Relations 1500 - 1900

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General Editors: David Thomas and John Chesworth
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Christian-Muslim Relations, a Bibliographical History Online is a general history of relations between the two faiths as this is represented in works written by Christians and Muslims about the other and against the other. It covers all parts of the world in the period 1500-1914. Christian-Muslim Relations, a Bibliographical History Online comprises thousands of comprehensive entries on individual works and their authors, together with introductory essays to the periods and areas covered, making it the fullest available source in this field.


A.A. Prozorovskii

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Author(s): Johnson, Eric
Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Prozorovskii Date of Birth: Approximately 1733 Place of Birth: Unknown Date of Death: 8 August 1809 (21 August 1809 New Style) Place of Death: Army camp on the Măcin branch of the Danube River, Ottoman Empire (in present-day Romania) Biography Alexander Prozorovskii was born into an old Muscovite noble family. His father had been sent to Holland for naval training by Peter the Great, and upon his return he rose to command a ship in the Russian Navy. He was forced to retire, however, after his leg was crushed in a boat collision, and he died in 1740. Young Alexander was…

ʿAbbās II, Shah of Persia

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Author(s): Matthee, Rudolph
Date of Birth: 19 November 1633 Place of Birth: Isfahan Date of Death: 25 September 1666 Place of Death: Ashraf (Mazandaran) Biography Born in 1633, Shah ʿAbbās II, the son of Shah Ṣafī (r. 1629-42), was barely nine years old when he ascended the Safavid throne in 1642. In the first years of his reign, the court was dominated by a cabal consisting of his mother, Annā Khānūm, grand vizier Mīrzā Muḥammad ‘Sārū Taqī, and the  qurchībāshī, head of the tribal cavalry, Jānī Khān. ʿAbbās took effective power in 1645 by ridding himself of the latter two, first using Jānī Khān t…

ʿAbbās I, Shah of Persia

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Author(s): Matthee, Rudolph
Date of Birth: 27 January 1571 Place of Birth: Unknown Date of Death: 19 January 1629 Place of Death: Ashraf, Mazandaran Biography Shah ʿAbbās I (r. 1587-1629), the fifth ruler of the Safavid dynasty (1501-1722), came to power at a time when tribal factionalism was tearing at the fabric of the state and foreign invaders had greatly reduced Iran’s territory. In his 40-odd-year reign, he managed to retake the borderlands lost by his predecessors, and also to add the Persian Gulf littoral to Safavid control and to incor…

Abbé Demanet

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Author(s): Frederiks, Martha
Abbé Jean-Baptiste Demanet Date of Birth: First half of the 18th century Place of Birth: Unknown; probably France Date of Death: 12 July 1778 Place of Death: West Africa; probably Senegal BiographyJean-Baptiste Demanet was a French secular priest, best known for his two-volume work Nouvelle histoire de l’Afrique françoise, published in 1767. It seems he served for some time as a priest of the diocese of Trèves, but little else is known about him until he was appointed chaplain to the French troops stationed on Gorée Island (off the coast of p…

Abbé de Saint-Pierre

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Author(s): Dornier, Carole
Charles-Irénée Castel de Saint-Pierre Date of Birth: 1658 Place of Birth: Saint-Pierre-Église Date of Death: 1743 Place of Death: Paris Biography Charles-Irénée Castel de Saint-Pierre was born in Saint-Pierre-Église in 1658, into a noble family from lower Normandy. He studied at the Jesuit college in Rouen and then Caen, and on becoming a priest he settled in Paris in 1680 with his fellow student, the mathematician Pierre Varignon, became friends with Bernard le Bovier de Fo…

Abbot Eftimie

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Author(s): Păun, Radu G.
Egumenul Eftimie Date of Birth: Unknown; probably around 1500 Place of Birth: Unknown Date of Death: Unknown; possibly after 1571 Place of Death: Unknown; possibly the monastery of Humor, Moldavia Biography  Few reliable details are known about the life and career of Eftimie. He certainly was the ‘apprentice’ of the bishop and chronicler Macarie of Roman, whom he likely knew during his life as a young monk. Eftimie has been successively identified as ‘bishop of Rădăuţi’ (1552), the ‘abbot of the Neamţ monastery’ (1553), who l…

Abbot Macarie

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Author(s): Păun, Radu G.
Episcopul Macarie de Roman Date of Birth: Unknown; probably the end of the 15th century Place of Birth: Unknown Date of Death: 1 January 1558 Place of Death: Roman, Moldavia Biography Macarie was the most prominent Church Slavonic writer in 16th-century Moldavia. He was born at the end of the 15th century. We have practically no information about his youth, but he claims to have been an ‘apprentice’ of the metropolitan of Moldavia, Theoctist II (1509-28), whom he certainly met at the monastery of Neamţ, the foremost cultural centre of Moldavia …

Abbreviations and Foreword

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Author(s): Thomas, David
  FOREWORD David Thomas Christian-Muslim relations. A bibliographical History 6 ( CMR 6) continues the history of relations between Christians and Muslims as recorded in original sources in the period 1500-1600, following the same general approach as the earlier volumes in the series.  CMR 6 focuses on works from the 16th century in the countries of Western Europe, and shows that, while many of the preoccupations that dominated the Middle Ages were still prominent, particularly issues of political and religious relations between Christianity…

ʿAbbūd Ṣaydaḥ

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Author(s): Slim, Souad
ʿAbbūd ibn Ilyās ibn ʿAbduh Ṣaydaḥ Date of Birth: Unknown Place of Birth: Unknown; probably Aleppo Date of Death: Unknown Place of Death: Unknown BiographyNothing is known about ʿAbbūd ibn Ilyās ibn ʿAbduh Ṣaydaḥ except that he was an Arabic-speaking Christian, and that he wrote his description of the fall of Constantinople in Aleppo in 1731. No other document has come to light that can be associated with him. Some internal evidence in the text gives reason to think that he was a Catholic, most likely a Melkite. Primary Sources of Information- Secondary Sources of Information- Works on Chr…

'Abd Allāh ibn al-‘Umarī l-Ṭarābulusī l-Ḥanafī

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Author(s): Omran, Abdullah
Date of Birth: Unknown Place of Birth: Tripoli Date of Death: After 1772 Place of Death: Damascus BiographyContemporary biographies from the 17th and 18th centuries provide only scant information about the life of 'Abd Allāh ibn al-ʿUmarī l-Ṭarābulusī al-Ḥanafī. His date of birth is unknown, though it was probably towards the end of the 17th century or the beginning of the 18th, as his work Qabas al-anwār fī l-radd ʿalā l-Naṣārā l-ashrār was authored in the second half of the 18th century. He was born in Tripoli, where he spent his early childhood. He later travelled to Eg…

ʿAbd Allāh Zākhir

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Author(s): el Gemayel, Ronney
Date of Birth: 1684 Place of Birth: Aleppo Date of Death: 31 August 1748 Place of Death: al-Shuwayr (Mount Lebanon) BiographyʿAbd Allāh Zākhir, son of Zakhariyā Ṣāʾigh, was a major figure in the Romanophile movement (which favoured union of the Eastern Churches with Rome), first in Aleppo until November 1722, then in Mount Lebanon, especially in al-Shuwayr, from 1722 until his death. He was part of the generation that saw the Melkite Antiochian community split in two after the death of Patriarch Athanasius Dabbās (…

ʿAbd al-Ghanī l-Nābulusī

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Author(s): Demiri, Lejla
ʿAbd al-Ghanī ibn Ismāʿīl ibn ʿAbd al-Ghanī ibn Ismāʿīl l-Nābulusī Date of Birth: 1641 Place of Birth: Damascus Date of Death: 1731 Place of Death: Damascus BiographyAn eminent theologian, jurist, poet, Sufi, and great commentator on Ibn ʿArabī’s (d. 1240) mystical thought, ʿAbd al-Ghanī l-Nābulusī was one of the most illustrious intellectual figures of the 17th- and 18th-century Arab lands of the Ottoman Empire. He served as judge in al-Maydān (south of Damascus), and then as mufti of Damascus for a short period of time. He held a teaching post at th…

ʿAbd al-Ra⁠ʾūf al-Singkilī

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Author(s): Riddell, Peter
ʿAbd al-Raʾūf ibn ʿAlī l-Jāwī l-Fanṣūrī l-Singkilī Date of Birth: Approximately 1615 Place of Birth: Singkel, Sumatra Date of Death: Approximately 1693 Place of Death: Kota Aceh BiographyLittle can be said about the first two decades of the life of ʿAbd al-Raʾūf. His full name points to a likely place of birth on the west coast of Sumatra in the town of Singkel. He would have grown up in the years of ascendancy of the kingdom of Aceh during the reign of its greatest sultan, Iskandar Muda (r. 1607-36). Aceh’s interaction w…

ʿAbd al-Ṣamad al-Palimbānī

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Author(s): Riddell, Peter G.
Date of Birth: Around 1704 Place of Birth: Palembang, Sumatra Date of Death: Around 1789 Place of Death: Unknown; possibly Arabia BiographyʿAbd al-Ṣamad al-Palimbānī was born in Palembang, Sumatra, to a father who had migrated from Yemen and who was initially a local teacher of Islam before taking up the position of mufti in Kedah, Malaya. As a young man, ʿAbd al-Ṣamad retraced his family’s footsteps to Arabia, where he spent the greater part of his life, writing and studying with several prominent Malay scholars ba…

ʿAbd al-Sattār

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Author(s): Kollatz, Anna
ʿAbd al-Sattār ibn Qāsim Lāhōrī Date of Birth: Unknown Place of Birth: Uncertain; Bijapur or Lahore Date of Death: Unknown Place of Death: Unknown BiographyThe author of the  Majālis-i Jahāngīrī does not give his full name, either at the beginning or at the end of his text, but several indications nevertheless make clear that he must be the same ʿAbd al-Sattār ibn Qāsim Lāhōrī who is mentioned in several works of the Jesuit Hierònimo (Jerome) Xavier (1549-27 June 1617), who lived and worked at the Mughal court under Akbar and Jahāngīr.The main information on ʿAbd al-Sattār ibn Qāsim…

Abdullah Abdul Kadir

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Author(s): Aljunied, Khairudin
Abdullah Munshi Date of Birth: 1796 Place of Birth: Malacca Date of Death: October 1854 Place of Death: Jedda BiographyMuch information about Abdullah Munshi’s life can be gleaned from the H ikayat Abdullah, which is now seen as his defining achievement and as one of the earliest autobiographies in the Malay world. Completed in 1843 and published originally by a Christian printing press to be used as a textbook in their schools, it narrates that he was born at Kampung Pali, Malacca, to migrant parents, purported to be of Yemen…

Abgar ʿAlī Akbar Armanī

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Author(s): Tiburcio, Alberto
Date of Birth: Unknown; mid-17th century Place of Birth: Unknown; probably New Julfa, Isfahan Date of Death: After 27 January 1708 Place of Death: Unknown; probably Isfahan BiographyThe identity of the renegade Armenian merchant known after his conversion to Islam as ʿAlī Akbar Armanī remains a historical enigma. Some anecdotal cues in his memoir have led Sebouh Aslanian to infer that he may have been a member of the prominent Velijanian (or Veligianian) merchant family of Venice (I am thankful to Prof. Sebouh Aslanian of…

 About a holy martyr Ivan, who was tortured for Christ in the city of Kazan

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Author(s): Soldat, Cornelia
O sviamom muchenike, izhe za Khrisma muchen vo gradeZhitie Ioanna Kazanskogo;, Skazanie velikago i slavnago chiudesi, ezhe byst‘ vo grade Kazani‘The life of Ioann of Kazan'’, ‘An account of the great and glorious wonders that happened in the town of Kazan'’ Nifont Kormilitsyn Date: Not later than the 1550s Original Language: Old Russian Description Many monks at Volokolamsk Monastery in the 1550-60s were veterans of the Kazan’ campaigns, so Nifont may not be the author of this work. The attribution is given by Kuntsevich, ‘Maloizvestnye zapisi’, wh…

Abraham a Sancta Clara

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Author(s): Strauss, Paul
Ulrich Megerlin; Ulrich Megerle; Johann Ulrich Megerlin; Johann Ulrich Megerle Date of Birth: Before 3 July 1644 Place of Birth: Kreeheinstettin, Swabia Date of Death: 1 December 1709 Place of Death: Vienna BiographyAbraham a Sancta Clara was born in 1644 as Johann Ulrich Megerlin (Megerle) in the village of Kreeheinstetten in Swabia. He received his early education at the Latin school in nearby Mösskirch. Probably with the assistance of his uncle, canon of Altötting and court composer to the archbishop of Salzburg, Ulrich con…

Abraham Ecchellensis

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Author(s): Moukarzel, Joseph
Ibrāhīm al-Ḥāqilānī Date of Birth: 15 February 1605 Place of Birth: Ḥāqil, Lebanon Date of Death: 15 July 1664 Place of Death: Rome Biography Abraham Ecchellensis was born in Ḥāqil, in the Byblos region of Lebanon, in 1605. He lost his father while he was still young, and at the age of nine he was sent to a priest to receive a basic education in reading, then in 1619 to Rome to continue his studies at the Maronite College. From 1624, he became an expert for the Propaganda Fide, certifying official letters written in Ea…
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