Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500

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Thomas of Margā
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When still a youth, Thomas of Margā became a monk at the monastery of Bet ʿAbē in 832. He became kātobā, secretary to Catholicos Abraham II (837-50), a former abbot of Bēt ʿAbē. At an unknown date, he was appointed bishop of Margā. There is no evidence that he was also appointed metropolitan of Bēt Garmay, as suggested by Budge, whose assumption is based on an erroneous interpretation of a passage in the Kitāb al-majdal.

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G.B. Teule, Herman, “Thomas of Margā”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 14 August 2020 <>
First published online: 2010

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