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 Fātiḥa/muqaddima Kitāb al-naḥla
(891 words)

‘Introduction to “The book of the bee”’

Makāriyūs ibn al-Zaʿīm al-Ḥalabī

Date: 1666

Original Language: Arabic


Kitāb al-naḥla (‘The book of the bee’), one of the samplers so typical of the literary production of Macarius, contains in its ‘Introduction’ (Fātiḥa/Muqaddima) a rare piece of original writing by the author. Kitāb al-naḥla is a collection of remarks, excerpts and short tracts that are the fruit of Macarius’ reading, mainly of Greek books. It was compiled…

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Walbiner, Carsten, “ Fātiḥa/muqaddima Kitāb al-naḥla”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 1500 - 1900, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 19 October 2019 <>

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