Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500

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 Manhaj al-ṣawāb fī qubḥ istiktāb ahl al-kitāb
(1,473 words)

Manhaj al-ṣawāb fī taḥqīq al-murīd wa-l-murād

‘The right way, on the infamy of employing Jews and Christians as scribes’, ‘The right way, on the fulfilment of the seeker and the sought’

Ibn al-Durayhim

Date: 1340-60

Original Language: Arabic


Manhaj al-ṣawāb is the most extensive and original of the several pre-modern Arabic works that urge Muslim political elites not to employ non-Muslim officials, particularly Coptic Christians. It…

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Yarbrough, Luke, “ Manhaj al-ṣawāb fī qubḥ istiktāb ahl al-kitāb”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 22 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2010

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