Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500

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 Instructio fidei catholicae ad soldanum
(357 words)

Instruction in the Catholic faith to the sultan

Alexander III

Date: Probably 1177 or 1178

Original Language: Latin


The text, preserved in the correspondence of Peter of Blois, who was part of the papal curia in 1177-78, takes the form of a short letter (8 columns in the PL text) addressed by the pope to the sultan of Iconium (who is not named). The pope says that the sultan has made known, through letters and messengers, that he wishes to co…

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Tolan, John, “ Instructio fidei catholicae ad soldanum”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 16 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2010

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