Christianity and Judaism under Islam in Medieval Iraq: Da'ûd al-Muqammas and Sa'd b. Mansûr Ibn Kammûna


  • Karin Almbladh Uppsala University


Christianity and Judaism, Jews -- Iraq, Christians -- Iraq, Middle East -- History, Middle Ages, Mongols, Religions -- Relations, Philosophy, Jewish


In the present paper two attitudes towards Christianity among Jews in Medieval Iraq are discussed, viz. Da'ûd al-Muqammas (second half of the 9th century) and Sa'd b. Mansûr Ibn Kammûna (second half of the 13th century). Da'ûd al-Muqammas was writing in a period when Christianity may have been an attractive alternative for intellectual Jews. His major work still available, 'Ishrûn Maqâla, "Twenty chapters", is an anti-Christian tract demonstrating the continuing validity of Judaism. Addressing a Gentile readership in his Tanqîh al-abhâth li'l-milal al-thalâth, "The examination of the inquiries into the three faiths", Sa'd b. Mansûr Ibn Kammûna upholds the validity of Judaism and Christianity against the claims of Islam in a period when Islam had been reduced to the same status as Judaism and Christianity in the early Mongol rule of Iraq.



How to Cite

Almbladh, K. (2008). Christianity and Judaism under Islam in Medieval Iraq: Da’ûd al-Muqammas and Sa’d b. Mansûr Ibn Kammûna. Nordisk judaistik/Scandinavian Jewish Studies, 26(1-2), 19–28.