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Muslim-Christian Polemics across the Mediterranean

The Splendid Replies of Shihāb al-Dīn al-Qarāfī (d. 684/1285)

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Diego R. Sarrió Cucarella

In Muslim-Christian Polemics across the Mediterranean Diego R. Sarrió Cucarella provides an exposition and analysis of Shihāb al-Dīn al-Qarāfī’s (d. 684/1285) Splendid Replies to Insolent Questions (al-Ajwiba al-fākhira ‘an al-as’ila al-fājira). Written in response to an apology for Christianity by the Melkite Bishop of Sidon, Paul of Antioch, the Splendid Replies is among the most extensive and most important medieval Muslim refutations of Christianity, and the primary significance of this study is to provide detailed access to its argumentation and intellectual context for the first time in a western language. Moreover, the Introduction and Conclusion creatively situate the work within the challenges of modern-day Christian-Muslim dialogue.

Saïd Amir Arjomand

), the Nuqṭavīs, on the basis of their numerology, predicted the coming of the Lord of the Age whose most likely incarnation was ʿAbbās himself. However, ʿAbbās’s official astrologer had a different prediction based on the appearance of a certain star. The astrologer’s opinion finally prevailed upon

M.H.A. Bolaji

predicted the decline of religion with its associational life and a corresponding triumph of secularism (Keddie 2003; Stark 2004; Casanova 2006; Pellegrini 2009). That this prediction has failed to materialize has made the management of religious pluralism a complex task in many plural states. Although

Abamfo Ofori Atiemo

which those African gods were important. This prediction is based on the noted traditional attitude of Africans toward the gods. If a deity was perceived to have lost its potency or was regarded as cruel or no longer able to meet the expectations of the community, it was abandoned for a better one. This

Saïd Amir Arjomand

important category of traditions consists of the Shiʿite reports and predictions of the occultation of the Qaʾim. These constitute the traditional proof of his existence—that is, proof on the basis of transmitted authority. There follow attestations to the birth of the son of Hasan ibn ʿAli and, finally, a

Siena de Ménonville

(common magician) is shown by the different manner in which he arranges a divination: he ‘consults his heavy books, brews and interprets leaves, and then writes out his predictions on paper…. For all this, the debtera’s fees are usually higher, but his status is perhaps more precarious, for he is after

Sara Katz

Nigerian Arabic Almanack.” In the reported story, readers are directed to find the recent “terrible fire in Alafin of Oyo’s Palace” among Animashaun’s predictions in his “Nigerian Arabic Almanac for the year 1921”. In the advertisement for Animashaun’s bookshop, it mentions the "Arabic Almanack” for sale