Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500

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The rite of the jar
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Liturgical texts have complex histories that usually preclude speaking of a particular ‘author’. We know little about the genesis of the Coptic-Arabic ritual for the return of penitent apostates that is known as ‘The rite of the jar’, apart from the fact of its existence in a manuscript dating from 1374. The text can well be explained against the background of rapid conversion to Islam in 14th-century Mamluk Egypt, but it may have com…

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N. Swanson, Mark, “The rite of the jar”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 04 July 2020 <>
First published online: 2010

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