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IslamisationComparative Perspectives from History$
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A. C. S. Peacock

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781474417129

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474417129.001.0001

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Conversion out of Personal Principle: ʿAli b. Rabban al-Tabari (d. c. 860) and ʿAbdallah al-Tarjuman (D. C. 1430), Two Converts from Christianity to Islam

Conversion out of Personal Principle: ʿAli b. Rabban al-Tabari (d. c. 860) and ʿAbdallah al-Tarjuman (D. C. 1430), Two Converts from Christianity to Islam

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(p.56) 3 Conversion out of Personal Principle: ʿAli b. Rabban al-Tabari (d. c. 860) and ʿAbdallah al-Tarjuman (D. C. 1430), Two Converts from Christianity to Islam
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Islamisation
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David Thomas

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474417129.003.0003

Among the glittering intellects of ninth-century Baghdad, few surpassed the Nestorian Christian Hunayn b. Ishaq. He was known for his scientifi c accomplishments, among them for his scholarship on the structure and function of the eye, and also for his medical skills, though he gained his reputation above all else for his translations of works from Greek and Syriac into Arabic. In these he achieved an accuracy and clarity that singled him out from other translators and made him into a celebrity whom people with money and position sought out for their commissions. Thanks to these skills and accomplishments, Hunayn moved in elite circles. These included the imperial court, where a succession of caliphs were glad to pay for his services.

Keywords:   Christianity, Islam, Hunayn b. Ishaq, Conversion

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