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Severus ibn al-Muqaffaʿ
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(10th cent. ce), initially a secretary (kātib) in the Egyptian civil service in Cairo, later a monk and Coptic Orthodox bishop of al-Ashmūnain; pioneer and versatile exponent of Christian Arabic literature in Egypt. His many works include a History of the Councils, directed against the Melkite patriarch Eutychius of Alexandria, and a catechetical Book of the Statement (Kitāb al-Īḍāḥ); both works were later translated into Ethiopic. Severus was also undoubtedly the author of The Book of the Precious Bead (Kitāb ad-Durr at-ṯamīn), an anonymously transmitted cat…

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Gerö, Stephen, “Severus ibn al-Muqaffaʿ”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 31 July 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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