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Yūḥannā ibn Sawīrus
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Yūḥannā ibn Sūrus, Yūḥannā ibn Sawirus, Al-kātib al-Miṣrī

Date of Birth: Unknown; end of the 11th or beginning of the 12th century

Place of Birth: Cairo

Date of Death: Unknown; perhaps the last decade of the 12th century

Place of Death: Cairo


The name of the author in MS Vat Arabic 117 is Yūḥannā ibn Sawirus (or Sūrus). In the MSS of Abū l-Barakāt’s Miṣbaḥ al-ẓulma, ch. 7, various forms are found: Sawirus or Sūrus, Sūrīs, Sawīrus, or…

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

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