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Nonnus (Nunā) of Nisibis
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Nonnus of Nisibis

Date of Birth: Late 8th c.

Place of Birth: Region of Nisibis

Date of Death: After 862

Place of Death: Unknown


Nonnus was a Syrian-Orthodox theologian and archdeacon of Nisibis. The Jewish Karaite philosopher Abū Yaʿqūb al-Qirqisānī (10th c.) states that ‘Nonnus (Nānā), a physician by training, was much respected by the Christians, because he was an accomplished philosopher’ (Kitāb al-anwār i, 44), and that Dāwūd i…

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G.B. Teule, Herman, “Nonnus (Nunā) of Nisibis”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 21 January 2020 <>
First published online: 2010

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