Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500

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 Risāla fī l-kanāʾis wa-l-biya
(567 words)

‘Treatise on synagogues and churches’

Ibn al-Rifʿa

Date: 1301

Original Language: Arabic


According to Ḥajjī Khalīfa, Ibn al-Rifʿa wrote a fatwā entitled Risāla fī l-kanāʾis wa-l-biya in 1301 (a ‘fine work’ in his estimation), and then in 1307 an abridgement entitled Al-nafāʾis fī hadmal-kanāʾis (‘Items of value concerning the demolition of religious buildings’), also known as Kitābal-nafāʾis fī adillat hadm al-kanāʾis. He presents his arguments in five p…

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Thomas, David, “ Risāla fī l-kanāʾis wa-l-biya”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 21 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2010

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