Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500

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Isaac the Presbyter
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We know nothing of this author other than what we can gather from his Life of Samuel of Qalamūn: that he was a monk and priest of the monastery of Qalamūn, who wrote the Life some ‘four generations’ after the saint’s death (c. 695). While a ‘generation’ is not a particularly precise measure of time (25-40 years?), we can probably date the text to the end of the 8th century or first half of the 9th century.

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N. Swanson, Mark, “Isaac the Presbyter”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 17 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2010

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