Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500

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 Kitāb al-bad’ wa-l-ta’rīkh
(720 words)

Creation and history


Date: About 966

Original Language: Arabic


The work is divided into 22 chapters: 1-4 on sources of knowledge, and proofs of God and prophethood; 5-10 on the creation, Adam and the end of time; 10-14 on descriptions of the world and events before the coming of Muḥammad; and 15-22 on the life of Muḥammad, Muslim sects and Islamic history to the mid-10th century.

In the opening chapters, al-Maqdisī shows that he is fully aware of di…

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Thomas, David, “ Kitāb al-bad’ wa-l-ta’rīkh”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 05 July 2020 <>
First published online: 2010

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