Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500

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Simʿān ibn Kalīl
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Simʿān ibn Kalīl ibn Maqāra ibn Abī l-Faraj; al-Shaykh al-Makīn (as a bureaucrat); Simʿān al-ḥabīs (as a monk and recluse)

Date of Birth: About 1150

Place of Birth: Bashū or Shū, perhaps in the Nile Delta

Date of Death: Towards 1240

Place of Death: Presumably the Monastery of St John the Short, Wādī l-Naṭrūn, Egypt


According to his great-nephew, the historian al-Makīn Jirjis al-ʿAmīd (q.v.), Simʿān ibn Kalīl ibn Maqāra was …

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N. Swanson, Mark, “Simʿān ibn Kalīl”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 20 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2010

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