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 Tawditā d-ashlem l-Ishmaʿlāyē Kaʿb sāprā – dukhrāneh l-lūttā
(647 words)

The Confession which Kaʿb the scribe – cursed be his memory – handed down to the Ishmaelites

Unknown author

Date: Unknown, 8th/9th c.?

Original Language: Syriac


This brief and somewhat cryptic piece of anti-Muslim polemic is to be found as an appendix to the East-Syrian recension of the Legend of Sergius Baḥīrā (q.v.). It describes how the ‘Sons of Ishmael’ had an idol called al-Kabar, who was the devil (‘Iblīs’), and how the worship of this i…

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Roggema, Barbara, “ Tawditā d-ashlem l-Ishmaʿlāyē Kaʿb sāprā – dukhrāneh l-lūttā”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 25 January 2020 <>
First published online: 2010

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