The author’s name indicates that he was a Jew (‘al-Isrāʾīlī’) from al-Raqqa in Syria (‘al-Raqqī’), who converted to Christianity and took the name ʿAbd al-Masīḥ, ‘Servant of Christ’. The extended title of his Kitāb al-istidlāl indicates that the person instrumental in his conversion was the Christian physician [Abū l-Fatḥ] Manṣūr ibn Sahlān [ibn Muqashshir], who served for many years in the Fatimid cour…
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N. Swanson, Mark,
“ʿAbd al-Masīḥ al-Isrāʾīlī al-Raqqī”, in:
Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500, General Editor David Thomas.
Consulted online on 27 June 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-8054_cmri_COM_24989>