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 Kitāb al-Ṣafwānī
(476 words)

The Book of Ṣafwān’

Ṣafwān ibn Yaḥyā Abū Muḥammad al-Bajalī

Date: 817-25

Original Language: Arabic


A brief portion from the work called Kitāb al-Ṣafwānī is preserved in al-Majlisī’s, Biḥār al-anwār (‘Oceans of lights’) from Ibn Shahrāshūb’s (d. 1192) Manāqib Āl Abī Ṭālib. It is a paragraph-long discussion between the Imām ʿAlī l-Riḍā and a Christian named Ibn Qurra.

The title is ambiguous. It may refer generically to a work of Ṣafwān ibn Yaḥyā, sin…

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Bertaina, David, “ Kitāb al-Ṣafwānī”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 30 September 2020 <>
First published online: 2010

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