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 Kitāb al-murshid

(1,434 words)

Author(s): G.B. Teule & Mark N. Swanson, Herman
'The Guide' Yaḥyā ibn Jarīr Date: Between 1058 and 1104 Original Language: Arabic Description Kitāb al-murshid, ‘The guide’, is a voluminous theological-ecclesiastical compendium divided into 54 chapters (for the Table of Contents, see Khoury-Sarkis, ‘Le livre du Guide’, pp. 311-15; or Graf, ‘Eine theologische Propädeutik’). While the first 24 chapters deal largely with doctrinal issues, later chapters move into matters of sacramental and ecclesial practice. The title of the work is not entirely fixed in the manuscript tradition; the Bodleian manuscript, from…

Yaḥyā ibn Jarīr

(756 words)

Author(s): G.B. Teule & Mark N. Swanson, Herman
Abū Naṣr Yaḥyā ibn Jarīr al-Takrītī Date of Birth: Unknown, perhaps c. 1030 Place of Birth: Unknown Date of Death: 1103/4 Place of Death: Mayyāfāriqīn Biography Abū Naṣr Yaḥyā ibn Jarīr al-Takrītī was a West Syrian (‘Jacobite’) physician and scholar in the tradition of ʿIsā ibn Isḥāq ibn Zurʿa (q.v.) and Yaḥyā ibn ʿAdī (q.v.). Little is known about the course of his life. He informs us (in ch. 35 of Kitāb al-murshid) that he visited Constantinople in the year 1058. More information is provided by a manuscript of Isḥāq ibn Ḥunayn’s (q.v.) Arabic version of Theophrastus’ On first principles tha…