Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500

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 Vita Mahumeti
(908 words)

Life of Muḥammad

Embrico of Mainz

Date: Probably first quarter of the 12th century

Original Language: Latin


The Vita Mahumeti is a polemical life of Muḥammad in 1,149 rhymed leonine hexameters. It relates how a nameless heretical magus, feigning piety, comes to Libya where he meets Mammutius, young slave to the governor, and trains him in the arts of magic and deception. The two secretly murder the governor, then…

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Tolan, John, “ Vita Mahumeti”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 21 November 2019 <>
First published online: 2010

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