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 Bayān al-Adyān
(704 words)

Enumeration of the religions

Abū l-Maʿālī

Date: 1091/92

Original Language: Persian


The Bayān al-Adyān is an encyclopaedia of sorts, listing and describing the various religious sects which were known to Abū l-Maʿālī. Completed in 1091/92, as the author relates, Kafafi, p. iii, believes it is the earliest extant Persian book on religions. It was written after Abū l-Maʿālī took part in a discussion about pre-…

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Mallett, Alex, “ Bayān al-Adyān”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 24 November 2020 <>
First published online: 2010

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