Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500

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 Kitāb al-bayān al-mukhtaṣar fī l-īmān
(1,060 words)

A brief exposition of the faith

Sāwīrus ibn al-Muqaffaʿ

Date: Unknown; perhaps 940s or 950s

Original Language: Arabic


MZ no. 24, not in HP.

Kitāb al-bayān al-mukhtaṣar is a relatively brief work of catechesis and apology that, after an Introduction marked by a sophisticated Arabic style, discusses a variety of matters (see Graf, GCAL ii, p. 312, for a list of topics) in a simple fashion often more catechetical in nature than apologetic; this is t…

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N. Swanson, Mark, “ Kitāb al-bayān al-mukhtaṣar fī l-īmān”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 07 July 2020 <>
First published online: 2010

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