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 Khayr al-bishar bi-khayr al-bashar
(1,018 words)

The best of tidings concerning the best of mankind

Ibn Ẓafar

Date: 1163

Original Language: Arabic


The work, written in Syria under Zengid rule in 1163 (ed. Choukri and Abouri, p. 96), is dedicated to Ibn Ẓafar’s patron, Ṣafī l-Dīn, ‘a generous raʾīs (chief)’, who might have been a notable figure in the court of Nūr al-Dīn Maḥmūd ibn Zengī (r. 1146-74). In the latest edition, it is approximately 190 pages long (ed. Choukri and Abouri, pp. 69-261).

As the title suggests, i…

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Demiri, Lejla, “ Khayr al-bishar bi-khayr al-bashar”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 23 October 2020 <>
First published online: 2010

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