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ʿAbd al-Masīḥ al-Isrāʾīlī al-Raqqī
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The author’s name indicates that he was a Jew (‘al-Isrāʾīlī’) from al-Raqqa in Syria (‘al-Raqqī’), who converted to Christianity and took the name ʿAbd al-Masīḥ, ‘Servant of Christ’. The extended title of his Kitāb al-istidlāl indicates that the person instrumental in his conversion was the Christian physician [Abū l-Fatḥ] Manṣūr ibn Sahlān [ibn Muqashshir], who served for many years in the Fatimid cour…

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N. Swanson, Mark, “ʿAbd al-Masīḥ al-Isrāʾīlī al-Raqqī”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 28 November 2020 <>
First published online: 2010

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