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 Jawāb ʿalā 'Suʾāl al-Shaykh Shams al-Dīn al-Bakrī li-l-Naṣārā'

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Author(s): Slim, Souad
JawābAnswer to the 'Question by al-Shaykh Shams al-Dīn al-Bakrī to the Christians' Yūḥannā ibn ʿĪsā ʿUwaysāt Date: 1622 Original Language: Arabic Description Manuscript no. 1495 in the Bibliothèque Orientale in Beirut, on which this description and analysis is based, contains two apologetic and polemical poems that answer a question ( suʾāl) posed ‘to the Christians’ by a certain Muslim shaykh, Shams al-Dīn al-Bakrī (in other versions he is given the name al-Dimashqī, identifying him as of Damascene origin), on the crucifixion of God and the de…

ʿAbbūd Ṣaydaḥ

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Author(s): Slim, Souad
ʿAbbūd ibn Ilyās ibn ʿAbduh Ṣaydaḥ Date of Birth: Unknown Place of Birth: Unknown; probably Aleppo Date of Death: Unknown Place of Death: Unknown BiographyNothing is known about ʿAbbūd ibn Ilyās ibn ʿAbduh Ṣaydaḥ except that he was an Arabic-speaking Christian, and that he wrote his description of the fall of Constantinople in Aleppo in 1731. No other document has come to light that can be associated with him. Some internal evidence in the text gives reason to think that he was a Catholic, most likely a Melkite. Primary Sources of Information- Secondary Sources of Information- Works on Chr…

Yūḥannā ibn ʿĪsā ʿUwaysāt

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Author(s): Slim, Souad
Date of Birth: Unknown Place of Birth: Damascus Date of Death: After 1663 Place of Death: Unknown Biography The Greek Orthodox priest Yūḥannā ibn ʿĪsā ʿUwaysāt was a poet, scribe and miniaturist of the 17th century. He was born in Damascus, the son of a deacon called ʿĪsā, and had a brother, Yūsuf, who also became a priest. Little is known about ʿUwaysāt’s life. In MS Arab Sinai 35, of 1629, he is mentioned as ‘a priest among the Damascene clergy’. It is known that ʿUwaysāt visited the monastery of St Catherine at Mt Sinai in 1636. It is very likely that he is the author of …

 Kayfa futiḥat al-madīna l-mutamallika

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Author(s): Slim, Souad
‘How the imperial city was conquered’ ʿAbbūd ibn Ilyās ibn ʿAbduh Ṣaydaḥ Date: 1731 Original Language: Arabic DescriptionThis description of the fall of Constantinople, which was written in 1731 in Aleppo (its full title is  Kayfa futiḥat al-madīna l-mutamallika ayy al-Qusṭanṭīniyya min qibal al-Sulṭān Muḥammad ibn ʿUthmān wa-kayfa al-sabī ḥattā ukhidhat min yad al-Rūm al-mutamallikīn ayy al-bizānṭiyyīn lahā wa-kayfa jarā lahum, ‘How the imperial city, i.e. Constantinople, was conquered by Sulṭān Muḥammad ibn ʿUthmān and how the capture proceeded until i…