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Marqus ibn Zurʿa
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Marqus (Mark III) ibn Zurʿa

Date of Birth: Early 12th century

Place of Birth: Unknown; possibly Miṣr (Old Cairo)

Date of Death: 1 January 1189

Place of Death: Unknown; presumably Miṣr


Abū l-Faraj ibn Abū Asʿad, known as Ibn Zurʿa, was a member of the class of Coptic bureaucratic administrators (he was a kātib or ‘secretary’) and, according to the patriarchal history attributed to Yūsāb of Fuwwa, he served in the Fatimid administration as must…

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N. Swanson, Mark, “Marqus ibn Zurʿa”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 20 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2010

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