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 Kitāb al-ṣārim al-maslūl ʿalā shātim al-Rasūl
(1,115 words)

‘The unsheathed sword against whoever insults the Messenger’

Ibn Taymiyya

Date: 1294

Original Language: Arabic


Al-ṣārim al-maslūl is a lengthy legal treatise arguing that anyone – Muslim or non-Muslim – who curses (sabba) the Prophet Muḥammad must be killed without further recourse. This was Ibn Taymiyya’s first major work, and it comes to around 1,100 pages in the 1997 critical edition of al-Ḥalawānī and Shawdarī, and betwe…

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Hoover, Jon, “ Kitāb al-ṣārim al-maslūl ʿalā shātim al-Rasūl”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 01 March 2021 <>
First published online: 2010

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