Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500

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The letter from the people of Cyprus
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Nothing is known about the person responsible for this letter apart from what the letter itself and the circumstances in which it was sent disclose. He was a Christian, and was based in Cyprus in the early 14th century when the letter was sent. However, he knew Arabic well and had intimate knowledge of the Qur’an, and in addition he knew the Arabic letter that Paul of Antioch, the Melkite bishop of Sidon (…

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Thomas, David, “The letter from the people of Cyprus”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 21 February 2020 <>
First published online: 2010

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