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 Kitāb al-majdal li-l-istibṣār wa-l-jadal
(978 words)

Kitāb al-majdalAmr ibn Mattā l-Ṭirhānī (likely author)

The tower, for reflection and discussion, The tower

ʿAmr ibn Mattā

Date: Early 11th century

Original Language: Arabic


Kitāb al-majdal is a veritable theological encyclopedia. As Holmberg points out (‘Language and thought’, p. 160), the complete manuscript Paris Ar. 190 occupies more than 1,000 pages. Perhaps it is the very size of the work that has intimidated schol…

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N. Swanson, Mark, “ Kitāb al-majdal li-l-istibṣār wa-l-jadal”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 19 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2010

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