Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500

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 Risāla fī maʿānin saʾalahu ʿanhā baʿḍ ikhwānihi
(230 words)

Epistle on the meanings about which one of his brothers asked him

Ibn Zurʿa

Date: 989

Original Language: Arabic


This letter or treatise, which is addressed to a Muslim friend, is concerned with God's essential attributes of knowledge and power, as well as his active attributes (ṣifāt al-fiʿl) and the transcendent mystery of God.


As in his other works, Ibn Zurʿa readily resorts to the use of theological and philosophical analogies to ex…

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Monferrer Sala, Juan Pedro, “ Risāla fī maʿānin saʾalahu ʿanhā baʿḍ ikhwānihi”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 01 June 2020 <>
First published online: 2010

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