The Polemical Works of ʿAlī al-Ṭabarī

David Thomas (Editor), Rifaat Ebied (Editor)

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Acknowledged as a leading medical expert in his day, and secretary to a succession of caliphs in the mid-ninth century, the Nestorian Christian ʿAlī ibn Rabban al-Ṭabarī converted to Islam around the age of 70. He then wrote Radd ʿalā l-Naṣārā, a recantation of his former faith, and Kitāb al-dīn wa-l-dawla, a defence of the Prophet Muḥammad based substantially on biblical proof-texts. The range of arguments he produced against the soundness of his former faith in these two works influenced sections of Islamic scholarship for many centuries.
These new editions and translations of his works are based on all the available evidence for the texts, accompanied by extensive introductions and studies of their place in Islamic thought.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLeiden
Number of pages491
ISBN (Electronic)9789004309555
ISBN (Print)9789004309159, 9004309152
Publication statusPublished - 21 Apr 2016

Publication series

NameHistory of Christian-Muslim Relations
ISSN (Print)1570-7350


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