Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500

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 Tajrīd sayf al-himma li-istikhrāj mā fī dhimmat al-dhimma
(1,503 words)

‘Drawing the sword of ambition to extract what is owed by the dhimmīs’


Date: Approximately 1240-41

Original Language: Arabic


The Tajrīd sayf al-himma was written shortly after the Ayyubid sovereign al-Malik al-Ṣāliḥ had promulgated a decree re-imposing a number of social and legal disabilities on non-Muslims (c. 1239-40). Al-Nābulusī addressed his work to this ruler, whom he sought to persuade that the anti-dhimmī decree should be followed by a…

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Yarbrough, Luke, “ Tajrīd sayf al-himma li-istikhrāj mā fī dhimmat al-dhimma”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 29 September 2020 <>
First published online: 2010

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