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ʿAmmār al-Baṣrī
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ʿAmmār al-Baṣrī (fl. c. 236/850) was a “Nestorian” Christian apologist who wrote Arabic tracts in defence of Christian doctrines in response to challenges posed to them by Muslims. Two of his works have survived: a general apology for Christianity, the Kitāb al-burhān (“The book of proof”), written in a popular style; and the more detailed and systematic Kitāb al-masāʾiI wa-l-ajwiba (“The book of questions and answers”). In the latter especially, ʿAmmār seems to have had principally in mind the Muslim mutakallim Abū l-Hudhayl al-ʿAllāf (d. c.227/842), who, according to Ibn …

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Griffith, Sidney H., “ʿAmmār al-Baṣrī”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Devin J. Stewart. Consulted online on 15 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_ei3_COM_23299>
First published online: 2009
First print edition: 9789004181311, 2009, 2009-4

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