Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500

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 Kitāb al-dīn wa-l-dawla
(793 words)

The Book of religion and empire’

Abū l-Ḥasan ʿAlī ibn Sahl Rabban al-Ṭabarī

Date: c. 855

Original Language: Arabic


From the time it was first published the authenticity of this work has been disputed, most vehemently by M. Bouyges. But Sepmeijer, Thomas, and Adang have shown that it is undoubtedly ancient and attributable to ʿAlī l-Ṭabarī, and questions of its authorship should be regarded as settled.


It is a defense of the prophetic status of Muḥammad, base…

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Thomas, David, “ Kitāb al-dīn wa-l-dawla”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 21 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2010

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