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Elias of Nisibis
(565 words)

Iliyyā ibn Shīnā, Bar Shīnāyā

Date of Birth: 11 February 975

Place of Birth: Al-Sinn, Shennā (Syriac)

Date of Death: 18 July 1046

Place of Death: Mayyāfāriqīn


The Nestorian Elias of Nisibis is undoubtedly the most significant eastern Christian writer of the 11th century. His reputation spread throughout the Islamic world for his expertise in medicine, mathematics, philosophy and philology, for his deep knowledg…

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Monferrer Sala, Juan Pedro, “Elias of Nisibis”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 25 November 2020 <>
First published online: 2010

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