Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500

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 To Sergius, Letter 40
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To Sergius, Letter 40

Timothy (Ṭīmāteʾōs), East-Syrian patriarch

Date: Probably 782-3

Original Language: Syriac


This letter, which is one of Timothy’s earliest, reports a debate on religion at the court of the caliph between Timothy and an unnamed notable well-versed in the philosophy of Aristotle. The latter is called mlilā, which is the Syriac rendering of mutakallim, and, although it is not stated explicitly that he is a Muslim, it is clear that …

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Roggema, Barbara, “ To Sergius, Letter 40”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 25 September 2020 <>
First published online: 2010

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