Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500

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 [Refutation of Christianity]
(513 words)


ʿAbdallāh al-Asīr

Date: Unknown; possibly mid or late 13th century

Original Language: Arabic


Neither the title of the work nor its full contents have survived. All that is known is that it was written, in Arabic, against Christianity, and probably in response to hostile questions from a monk. It only survives as extracts in al-Qaysī’s early 14th-century Kitāb miftāḥ al-dīn.

In the third, largely autobiographical part of his original Arabic work, al-Qay…

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Thomas, David, “ [Refutation of Christianity]”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 15 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2010

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