Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500

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Athanasius of Balad
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Athanasius, who belonged to the Syrian Orthodox Church, was a student of Severus Sebokht at the monastery of Qenneshrē, where he studied Greek. Next, he moved to the monastery of Bēt Malkā in Ṭūr ʿAbdīn. Michael the Syrian calls him ‘Interpreter of the Scriptures’. Beside his exegetical activities, he occupied himself with translating from Greek the Isagoge of Porphyry, an anonymous introduction to the art of logic and, pos…

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G.B. Teule, Herman, “Athanasius of Balad”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 23 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2010

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