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 Maqāla fī l-nafs
(785 words)

Treatise on the soul

Al-Asʿad ibn al-ʿAssāl

Date: 4 June 1231

Original Language: Arabic


The treatise, which occupies about 30 folios in the unique Vatican manuscript, is chiefly accessible due to the abridgment (mukhtaṣar) made by al-Muʾtaman ibn al-ʿAssāl in ch. 60 of his great theological compendium Majmūʿ uṣūl al-dīn. The description below is based on this abridgement.

The abridged treatise begins with the text of a question addressed by al-Amjad A…

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Awad, Wadi, “ Maqāla fī l-nafs”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 15 May 2021 <>
First published online: 2010

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