Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500

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 Kitāb al-muʿtamad fī uṣūl al-dīn
(456 words)

The reliable book on the principles of religion

Ibn al-Malāḥimī

Date: Before 1137

Original Language: Arabic


Ibn al-Malāḥimī introduces his critical discussion of Christianity by quoting from the work he refers to as Kitāb al-diyānāt of ʿAbd Allāh ibn Muḥammad al-Nāshīʾ al-Akbar (d. 906) (q.v.), who describes various religions, including Christianity, as essentially based on ancient Greek philosophy, in contrast to the pure mono…

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Madelung, Wilferd, “ Kitāb al-muʿtamad fī uṣūl al-dīn”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 15 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2010

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