Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500

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 Kitāb al-tārīkh
(1,240 words)

Kitāb al-ʿunwān

The book of history, The book of the titleHistoire universelle, Historia universalis

Maḥbūb ibn Qusṭanṭīn al-Manbijī

Date: 942 or shortly thereafter

Original Language: Arabic


The odd title by which Maḥbūb’s universal history is usually known, Kitāb al-ʿunwān, ‘The book of the title’, requires comment. Recent students of the work (Breydy, Hoyland, Samir) all point out that the actual title of the work, preserved in S…

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N. Swanson, Mark, “ Kitāb al-tārīkh”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 08 July 2020 <>
First published online: 2010

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