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From The Teaching Of Abū Rā’Iṭah Al-Takrītīs, The Syrian, Bishop Of Nisibis, On The Demonstration Of The Credibility Of Christianity Which Was Received From The Preaching Of The Evangelists In The Holy Scriptures

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Throughout all of his writings providing responses to potential questions, Abu Raitah shows a particular interest in providing a "proof" that will be acceptable to Muslims, certainly in answer to the Quranic demand that Christians produce a burhan, or proof, for their teachings Abu Ra'itah does this using all available theological and philosophical means. Using logical deduction, he formulates arguments intended to convince Muslims that Christian teachings are not only not absurd, but actually the best possible expressions of the common understanding of the divine attributes, the sifat. Like many of Abu Ra'itah's other writings, little is known about the purpose of the proof and it is designated differently by the editors of the various manuscripts in which it is found. More helpful are four manuscripts Samir has collected from two separate sources which he has used to published a new edition and French translation of the text.

Keywords: Abu Raitaah Al-takrt; Christianity; Quran



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