Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500

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 Kitāb fi tahrīm jubn al-Rūm
(244 words)

Condemnation of Byzantine cheese


Date: Between 1097 and 1126

Original Language: Arabic


Al-Ṭurṭūshī was against the importation, sale and consumption of cheese made by the Byzantines, a stance that created hostility between him and the notable family of the Banū l-Ḥadīda in Alexandria, where this work was written. Al-Ṭurṭūshī’s opposition was motivated by the use of mayta (material from animals not slaughtered according to Islamic regulati…

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Fierro, Maribel, “ Kitāb fi tahrīm jubn al-Rūm”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 19 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2010

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