Christian-Muslim Relations 1500 - 1900

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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.


 Sacre metamorfosi, ouero conuersioni segnalate d'idolatri, turchi, ebrei, & eretici, conuertiti alla fede cattolica

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Author(s): Dini, Elena
‘Sacred metamorphoses, or already known conversions of idolaters, Turks, Jews, and heretics who converted to the Catholic faith’ Hieronymus a Basilica Petri; Geronimo Basilica Petri; Geronimo Bascapè Date: 1684 Original Language: Italian DescriptionGirolamo Bascapè compiled four volumes of  Sacre metamorfosi between 1680 and 1684. They all received authorisation for publication from his ecclesiastical superiors and were printed at the archbishop’s printing press. His work could thus be considered an example of an expression of the of…

Ṣafī, Shah of Persia

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Author(s): Matthee, Rudolph
Date of Birth: 1610 or 1611 Place of Birth: Unknown Date of Death: 12 May 1642 Place of Death: Qazvin Biography Shah Ṣafī, whose given name was Sām Mīrzā, was born in 1610 or 1611, the son of Muḥammad Bāqir Mīrzā, Shah ʿAbbās I’s eldest son, and Dilārām Khānum, his Georgian wife. Since his father had been killed in 1615 on the orders of Shah ʿAbbās, Sām Mīrzā grew up in the secluded environment of the royal harem. He learned to read and write in this period, yet does not seem to have been a quick student, and throughout his reign he showed little interest in learning. Ṣafī was enthroned on 28 January…

 Safrat al-baṭriyark Makāriyūs al-thālith al-Anṭākī

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Author(s): Feodorov, Ioana
‘Journey of Macarius III of Antioch’ Būluṣ ibn al-Zaʿīm al-Ḥalabī, Būluṣ al-Ḥalabī, al-Shammās Būluṣ, Archdeacon Paul of Aleppo Date: 1652-68 Original Language: Arabic Description In his untitled journal, referred to in Arabic as  Safrat or  Riḥlat  al-baṭriyark Makāriyūs, Paul wrote a detailed first-hand account of events, people and places he encountered during his long journey in foreign lands. The journal, which covers fols 1r-311r in MS Paris, BNF – Arabe 6016, the longest, richest and most reliable version, is made up of sec…


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Author(s): Baindurashvili, Khatuna
‘A poem on the life of King Šahnavaz’ P‘ešangi P‘ašvibertqaże, P‘ešangi Pashvibertqaże Date: 1664-5 Original Language: Georgian Description Šahnavaziani is the earliest surviving example of a documentary poem in Georgian literature. There is only one extant manuscript, and this has several pages missing, including the last part of the epilogue. The poem comprises a prologue, a main section and an epilogue, in 60 chapters and 1151 stanzas of 16-syllable lines. Šahnavaziani  describes a seven-year period (1658-65) during the reign of King Vaxtang V of Kartli, who…

 Sairan igen

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Author(s): Morris, James Harry
‘Varying words observed’‘Strange stories acquired’;, ‘Collection of strange things’;, ‘Listening to other languages’ Kinmi, Kimiyoshi, Kageyu, Yogorō, Denzō Date: Written 1713, published 1802 Original Language: Japanese Description Sairan igen is a five-volume geography based to some extent on Hakuseki’s conversations with Sidotti and the Dutch, and his interaction with Dutch maps and Matteo Ricci’s Kunyu Wanguo Quantu. Its connection to European, and more specifically, Jesuit knowledge should therefore be evident. Each volume covers a different cont…

Salomon Schweigger

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Author(s): Schreiner, Stefan
Salomon Schweiger, Schweicker, Schweigker, Schweikard, Schweucker, Schweyger, Schweygger, Sweicker, Swigger, Salomo Schweigker, Solomo Schweicker, Solomon Schweigkerus Sultzensis, Salomon Sveigger Allamagno Date of Birth: 30 January 1551 Place of Birth: Haigerloch (Hohenzollern) Date of Death: 21 June 1622 Place of Death: Nürnberg Biography Born the son of a Protestant public notary, Salomon Schweigger began to study theology in Tübingen in 1572. He abandoned his studies before obtaining his diploma, and looked for employment that would…


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Author(s): Baindurashvili, Khatuna
‘An enquiry’ Iase Tʻuši Date: 1620s Original Language: Georgian Description The polemical poem Sa mec ʻ niero (‘An enquiry’; literally ‘scientific’) appears to have been written some time before 1629 as it refers to Shah ʿAbbās I (r. 1588-1629) as still living. It consists of 15 chapters and 280 verses, with an appendix containing one of the first Georgian-Persian dictionaries. It is the earliest Georgian manuscript so far discovered in Iran. The unique manuscript comprises 40 pages of beautifully illuminated text. The end is missing because of damage. In  Samec ʻ niero, Iase Tʻuši …

Samuēl Anets‘i and his continuators

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Author(s): Dadoyan, Seta B.
Date of Birth: Samuēl Anets‘i: around 1110; Continuators: mid-12th - early 18th centuries Place of Birth: Samuēl Anets‘i: Ani, Armenia; Continuators: various locations Date of Death: Samuēl Anets‘i: early 1180s; Continuators: late 12th - late 18th centuries Place of Death: Samuēl Anets‘i: Ani, Armenia; Continuators: various locations BiographyThe  Zhamanakagrut‘iwn Samuēl Anets‘i ew sharunakoghner (‘Chronicle of Samuēl Anets‘i and continuators’) was started by Samuēl Anets‘i. Also known as Samuēl Erēts‘, he was a married priest and native of Ani who lived in the 12th centur…

 Samuēl Anets‘i ew sharunakoghner - Zhamanakagrut‘iwn Adamits‘ minch‘ew 1776

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Author(s): Dadoyan, Seta B.
Zhamanakagrut‘iwn Samuēl Anets‘i ew sharunakoghner‘Samuēl Anets‘i and continuators - Chronicle from Adam to 1776’, ‘Chronicle of Samuēl Anets‘i and continuators’ Samuēl Anets‘i and his continuators Date: Initial Chronicle by Samuēl Anets‘i ended in 1163; continued to 1776 Original Language: Armenian DescriptionThe  Zhamanakagrut‘iwn Samuēl Anets‘i ew sharunakoghner (‘Chronicle of Samuēl Anets‘i and continuators’) is one of the most copied texts in medieval and early modern Armenian literature. The initial book by Samuēl Anets‘i, a native o…

Samuel Purchas

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Author(s): Bennett, Clinton
Biography Samuel Purchas was born in Thaxted, Essex, probably in November 1577, since he was baptised on 20 November. He matriculated at St John’s College, Cambridge, in 1594, graduating BA in 1597 and MA in 1600. He was ordained deacon in the Church of England in 1598, and priest in 1601. Later, he received the Lambeth BD (1615), which was incorporated at Oxford the same year. Stubbe cites this as one of only a few Lambeth degrees granted before the Restoration (W. Stubbe, ‘Correspondence of Sylvanus Urban: Lambeth degrees’, Gentleman’s Magazine 216 (1864) 633-5, p. 635). After a cu…

Samuel Twardowski

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Author(s): Kuran, Michał
Biography Although Samuel Twardowski’s family name was in fact ‘Skrzypiński’, from the village of Skrzypna, he is known as ‘Twardowski’, a name his grandfather Marcin adopted from his wife Urszula Twardowska. He was educated at the Jesuit College in Kalisz, where his first poems and translations of Horace’s odes must have been written. He took part in the battle of Khotin/Chocim 1621, fighting against the Ottomans and Tatars. He was one of the secretaries to the mission of Prince Krzysztof Zbaras…

Sarkīs of Smār Jbayl

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Author(s): Moukarzel, Joseph
Date of Birth: Mid-16th century Place of Birth: Smār Jbayl, Lebanon Date of Death: 8 July 1627 Place of Death: Unknown Biography Sarkīs ibn Ḥannā ibn al-qass Tādrus was born into the Jilwān family in the village of Smār Jbayl in Mount Lebanon at an unknown date in the middle of the 16th century. Nothing is known about him, except that he was a monk who spent most of his life at the monastery of St Anthony of Quzḥayyā in northern Lebanon and that he was a zealous and prolific copyist. At some point he was consecrated a bishop. The first record of …

 Ṣavāʿiq al-Yahūd

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Author(s): Moreen, Vera B.
'Lightning bolts against the Jews' Muḥammad-Bāqir al-Majlisī Date: Unknown; before about 1700 Original Language: Persian Description Ṣavāʿiq al-Yahūd, one of Muḥammad-Bāqir al-Majlisī’s short Persian treatises, details the duties incumbent upon the  ahl-i kitāb (‘People of the Book’) living in a Muslim, in this case, Shīʿī, environment. It may have been inspired by his father Muḥammad Taqī al-Majlisī’s possibly less well-known treatise,  Rawḍat al-muttaqīn (‘The garden of the pious’), later known as  Lawāmeʿ -e ṣāḥeb-qerānī (‘The censure of the lord of the happy co…


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Author(s): Tskhadaia, Zoia
Sayatnova; Saatlama; Sayatnama Date of Birth: Between 1711 and 1722 Place of Birth: Tbilisi Date of Death: Unknown; possibly 1795 or around 1800 Place of Death: Tbilisi BiographySayatnova is a pseudonym, derived from the word ‘Seidnova’ meaning ‘patron of a poem’. The poet’s real name is Arutina (which in Armenian means ‘resurrection’): ‘Sayatnova is my name, I am Arutina,’ he writes in one of his poems (Baramiże,  Saiat‘nova-K‘art‘uli, p. 30). Sayatnova was born between 1711 and 1722 in Sanahian or Tbilisi (Baramiże,  Saiat‘nova-K‘art‘uli, p. 93; Bardakjian,  Reference guide, p.…

 Sayf al-mūʾminīn fī qitāl al-mushrikīn

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Author(s): Tiburcio, Alberto
‘The sword of the faithful in the fight against the associators’ ʿAlī Qulī Jadīd al-Islām, António de Jesus Date: 2 June 1711 Original Language: Persian DescriptionʿAlī Qulī’s second major work, Sayf al-mūʾminīn, was written with the encouragement of the famous jurist Fāḍil al-Hindī and dedicated to Shah Sulṭān Ḥusayn. It was conceived as a refutation of an important Christian polemic, the  Apologia pro Christiana religione by Filippo Guadagnoli (d. 1656). The genesis of this dispute goes back to the publication of Aʾina-yi ḥaqq-numā (‘The truth-reflecting mirror’) by Jerón…

Sayyid Aḥmad ʿAlavī

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Author(s): Halft, Dennis
Kamāl al-Dīn Aḥmad ibn Zayn al-ʿĀbidīn ibn ʿAbd Allāh ʿAlavī ʿĀmilī Date of Birth: Unknown Place of Birth: Isfahan Date of Death: Between 1644 and 1650 Place of Death: Isfahan Biography Aḥmad ibn Zayn al-ʿĀbidīn ʿAlavī ʿĀmilī Iṣfahānī was one of the most prominent Twelver Shīʿī scholars in Safavid Persia in the first half of the 17th century. His family had migrated to Iran from Jabal ʿĀmil in Ottoman Syria. Among his teachers was the influential ‘chief jurisconsult’ ( shaykh al-Islām) of Isfahan, Bahāʾ al-Dīn al-ʿĀmilī (‘Shaykh Bahāʾī’, d. 1621), as well as the renowned Sh…

Sayyid Muḥammad Bāqir Khātūnābādī

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Author(s): Jaʿfariyān, Rasūl
Mīr Muḥammad Bāqir Khātūnābādī Date of Birth: 1660 Place of Birth: Isfahan Date of Death: 1715 Place of Death: Isfahan BiographyMīr Muḥammad Bāqir Khātūnābādī, son of Mīr Muḥammad Ismāʿīl, was born in 1660 (Khātūnābādī and Khūtānābādī, Waqāʾiʿ al-sanīn, p. 521). He was educated by his father, as well as other teachers. The most reliable source of information on him is Waq āʾiʿ al-sanīn wa-l-aʿwām, which draws on information provided by his paternal uncle ʿAbd al-Ḥusayn Khātūnābādī and his son Mīr Muḥammad Ḥusayn (Khātūnābādī’s cousin). This account mentions…

Sebastian Fuchs von Baden

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Author(s): Gaze Loghin, Emma
Sebastianus Bruckensis, Sebastianus a Baden, Sebastianus von Baden, Sebastian II. Fuchs von Baden Date of Birth: Unknown Place of Birth: Baden, Lower Austria Date of Death: 15 October 1608 Place of Death: Pernegg, Lower Austria Biography Not much is known about the early life of Sebastian Fuchs von Baden, except that he came from the district of Baden in Lower Austria. He first appears in the records as a novice and later, from 1585, as the abbot of the Premonstratensian Abbey in Bruck an der Thaya (Klosterbruck in historical southern Moravia/Loucký klášt…

Sebastiano Erizzo

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Author(s): Schwarz Lausten, Pia
Biography Sebastiano Erizzo was a Venetian patrician and scholar. He has been called the only Venetian novelist of a ‘certain level in the 16th century’ (Preto,  Venezia e i Turchi, p. 163). His father, Antonio di Sebastiano Erizzo, was a  Bailo in Constantinople and a ‘Savio’ of  gli Ordini (of which there were five, administering the maritime possessions) and ‘Savio’ of  Terraferma (of which there were five, administering the mainland domains). Erizzo was married twice. He had no children but had a close relationship with his nephew, Piero Lando. Erizzo also became a ‘Savio’ of  gl…

Sebastião Gonçalves

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Author(s): Frederico Dias Antunes, Luís
Date of Birth: Around 1556 Place of Birth: Ponte de Lima Date of Death: 23 March 1619 Place of Death: Goa Biography Sebastião Gonçalves was born in Ponte de Lima, a small village in the north of Portugal. As a young man he studied at the Jesuit College in Évora, where he was considered one of the best students in his class. In 1574, he entered the Jesuit novitiate, and finally in 1588, after interruptions away from the college, he took his priestly vows. Gonçalves first served in Angra do Heroísmo, in the Azores, where between 1589 and 1593 he acted as preacher, confessor, spir…
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