Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500

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 Al-risāla l-nāṣiriyya
(775 words)

‘The treatise of assistance’


Date: 1259

Original Language: Arabic


Al-Zāhidī wrote this relatively short work (fewer than 50 pages in the published edition) very near the end of his life. He intended it (p. 28) for Berke Khān (r. 1257-66), a grandson of Ghengiz Khān and ruler of Khwārazm and much of Central Asia, by all accounts a staunch Muslim, who would thus have been likely to welcome a work of this kind. It is an example of the dalāʾil al-nubuwwa genre, design…

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Thomas, David, “ Al-risāla l-nāṣiriyya”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 29 January 2020 <>
First published online: 2010

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