Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500

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 Kitāb miṣbāḥ al-ʿaql
(815 words)

Kitāb al-istibṣār

The lamp of understandingThe book of perspicacity

Sāwīrus ibn al-Muqaffaʿ

Date: After 955

Original Language: Arabic


MZ no. 14, HP no. 14.

Sāwīrus composed Kitāb miṣbāḥ al-ʿaql in response to a request from a Copt who was unable to find a clear summary of Christian teachings with which to respond to opponents (al-mukhālifūn li-millatinā). The work, which only occupies 13-14 leaves in the accessible manuscripts, aims for conciseness…

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N. Swanson, Mark, “ Kitāb miṣbāḥ al-ʿaql”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 18 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2010

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