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 Risāla fī waḥdāniyyat al-Khāliq wa-tathlīth aqānīmihi
(270 words)

Epistle on the oneness of the Creator and threeness of his hypostases

Elias of Nisibis

Date: Between 13 September and 12 October 1029

Original Language: Arabic


This work, which Elias composed in Mosul in response to a request from a judge, has an introduction and two chapters.

In the introduction Elias establishes God’s oneness as substance (kiyān wāḥid) and threeness as hypostases (thalāthat aqānīm). In the first chapter he goes on to justify the three hy…

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Monferrer Sala, Juan Pedro, “ Risāla fī waḥdāniyyat al-Khāliq wa-tathlīth aqānīmihi”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 25 November 2020 <>
First published online: 2010

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