Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500

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 Al-durr al-thamīn
(379 words)

The precious pearl

Sāwīrus ibn al-Muqaffaʿ

Date: Unknown; mid or late 10th century

Original Language: Arabic


Not in MZ or HP.

Al-durr al-thamīn is the earliest Arabic-language biblical and patristic florilegium (chain of quotations) produced in Egypt. Apart from an opening and closing chapter on the Trinity, its 15 chapters deal with Christological matters and quote extensively from the great Alexandrian church fathers (esp…

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N. Swanson, Mark, “ Al-durr al-thamīn”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 17 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2010

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