Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500

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 Al-Risālat al-ʿasaliyya
(196 words)

The “honey-coloured” letter’

Abū ʿUthmān ʿAmr ibn Baḥr al-Fuqaymī l-Jāḥiẓ

Date: mid-9th c., possibly after 847

Original Language: Arabic


ʿAbd al-Jabbār, Tathbīt, i, p. 198, knows of this as a separate work from the Radd, but it is not mentioned elsewhere, and it has not survived.


Its title may include a play upon the yellow waist-band that Christians and other dhimmīs were required to wear (though the alternative vocalization ʿasliyya would denote 'r…

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

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