Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500

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Abū l-Rabīʿ Muḥammad ibn al-Layth
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Ibn al-Layth

Date of Birth: 1st half of 8th c.

Place of Birth: Unknown

Date of Death: c. 819

Place of Death: Unknown, possibly Kūfa


Ibn al-Layth is called by Ibn al-Nadīm an ‘orator’ (khaṭīb), ‘jurist’ (faqīh), apologist/theologian (mutakallim), ‘epistolographer’ (mutarassil), and ‘secretary’ (kātib). According to one of Ibn al-Nadīm’s sources, he was of Persian background, ultimately a descendent of king Darius…

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Roggema, Barbara, “Abū l-Rabīʿ Muḥammad ibn al-Layth”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 24 January 2020 <>
First published online: 2010

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