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 Untitled appendix to Ḥunayn ibn Isḥāq, Kayfiyyat idrāk ḥaqīqat al-diyāna
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How to discern the truth of a religion

Yuḥannā ibn Mīnā

Date: Unknown; possibly 12th century

Original Language: Arabic

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Yūḥannā’s treatise is not so much a ‘commentary’ on Ḥunayn ibn Isḥāq’s Kayfiyyat idrāk ḥaqīqat al-diyāna as a supplement that, in Yuḥannā’s view, completes Ḥunayn’s argument. Ḥunayn, one remembers, had posited ten reasons (asbāb) for accepting a religion. Six of them were reasons for which one might accept falsehood: (1) coercion; (2) desire f…

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N. Swanson, Mark, “ Untitled appendix to Ḥunayn ibn Isḥāq, Kayfiyyat idrāk ḥaqīqat al-diyāna”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 18 August 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-8054_cmri_COM_24996>
First published online: 2010



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