Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500

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Alan of Lille
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Alanus ab Insulis, Alanus de Insulis, Alain de Lille, Alain von Lille

Date of Birth: Between 1125 and 1130

Place of Birth: Lille or nearby

Date of Death: 1202 or 1203

Place of Death: Monastery of Citeaux


Only a few details of Alan’s life are known. As a boy, he presumably studied liberal arts and theology at Chartres. He taught theology in Paris, and he also lived in the south of France (perhaps in the vic…

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Dreyer, Mechthild, “Alan of Lille”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 07 July 2020 <>
First published online: 2010

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