Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500

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 Kitāb fī ḥaqīqat al-dīn al-Masīhī
(658 words)

Letter on the truth of the Christian religion

Makkīkhā ibn Sulaymān al-Qankānī

Date: Between 1085/6 and 1092

Original Language: Arabic


This letter, which Makkīkhā wrote when he was metropolitan of Mosul and Irbil (as is mentioned in the introduction) is addressed to a Christian leader of Iṣfahān, ‘a venerable elder’ and ‘pure deacon’. It is preserved in the 13th/14th-century theological encyclopaedia Asfār al-asrār.

It is an answer to a request by the unna…

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G.B. Teule, Herman, “ Kitāb fī ḥaqīqat al-dīn al-Masīhī”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 19 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2010

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