Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500

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Matthew of Edessa
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Matt‘ēos Uṛhayets‘i

Date of Birth: Unknown; before 1100

Place of Birth: Unknown

Date of Death: Unknown; possibly by 1138

Place of Death: Unknown; probably Edessa


The only information about the life of Matthew of Edessa is contained in his one surviving work, the Chronicle (Zhamanakagrut‘iwn).  He was a priest, and probably a lifelong resident of the city of Edessa (modern Urfa in Turkey).  Writing in the 1130s, h…

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L. Andrews, Tara, “Matthew of Edessa”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 06 March 2021 <>
First published online: 2010

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