Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500

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Sāwīrus ibn al-Muqaffaʿ
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Sāwīrus, bishop of al-Ashmūnayn

Date of Birth: Uncertain; about 910 or 915

Place of Birth: Probably Miṣr (Old Cairo)

Date of Death: After 987

Place of Death: Unknown; possibly al-Ashmūnayn or Miṣr


Sāwīrus (or Sawīrus, = Severus), bishop of al-Ashmūnayn, known as Ibn al-Muqaffaʿ, was the first major Coptic Orthodox theologian (or at least the first known to us) to write in the Arabic language. Hailing …

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N. Swanson, Mark, “Sāwīrus ibn al-Muqaffaʿ”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 24 November 2020 <>
First published online: 2010

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