Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500

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 Mathnawī-i maʿnawī
(1,969 words)

‘Rhyming couplets of spiritual significance’

Mawlānā Jalāl al-Dīn Rūmī

Date: 1256-73 (not completed)

Original Language: Persian


Numerous references to Jesus, Christians, monks, priests, and Christianity can be found in the Mathnawī. The poem paraphrases or provides stories that parallel various Gospel tales and sayings, including the raising of Lazarus, Jesus’ miracle of increasing the loaves of bread (ed. Nicholson, I: 83-…

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Lewisohn, Leonard, “ Mathnawī-i maʿnawī”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 23 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2010

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