Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500

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 Khach’azgeats’ nahatakn ew k’ajayaght’ vkayn K’ristosi
(312 words)

The cross-bearing athlete of God and brave martyr of Christ, The Martyrdom of David of Dwin

Unknown author

Date: 8th or 9th c.

Original Language: Armenian


David (Dawitʿ) was an Arab or Persian originally called Surhan, who settled in Armenia in the 660s. He was converted to Christianity and baptized by Catholicos Anastas (661-67). Arrested by the Muslim governor, he refused to revert to Islam and was crucified on 23 Are…

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Thomson, Robert W., “ Khach’azgeats’ nahatakn ew k’ajayaght’ vkayn K’ristosi”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 22 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2010

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