Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500

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The Life and Miracles of Barṣawmā al-ʿUryān
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Little is known about the anonymous author (or final compiler) of the Life and the Miracles of Barṣawmā (Barsūm) al-ʿUryān (‘the naked’) other than that he was a pious Copt, probably from Cairo or its environs (and perhaps from the saint’s own Shahrān Monastery), who desired to preserve the saint’s memory for posterity. A note in MS Cairo, Coptic Patriarchate – Hist. 51 states that the Life and the Miracles were compiled in 1355-56 ‘from…

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N. Swanson, Mark, “The Life and Miracles of Barṣawmā al-ʿUryān”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 17 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2010

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