Guided to Islam by the Torah: the "Risāla al-hādiya" by 'Abd al-Salām al-Muhtadī al-Muhammadī

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The present chapter offers an English translation of al-Risāla al-hādiya, a polemical tract written by ʿAbd al-Salām al-Muhtadī al-Muḥammadī, a Jewish convert to Islam who lived in Istanbul in the early Ottoman period. Apart from the information provided by the author himself in the tract—from which we learn that he converted during the reign of Sultan Bāyazīd II (r. 886/1481–918/1512)—we find additional data in the well-known bibliographical survey Kašf al-ẓunūn by Ḥāǧǧī Ḫalīfa, also known as Kātib Çelebi (d. 1067/1657). In this work, which lists books according to the alphabetical order of their titles, two entries may...
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationContacts and Controversies between Muslims, Jews and Christians in the Ottoman Empire and Pre-Modern Iran
EditorsCamilla Adang, Sabine Schmidtke
Place of PublicationWürzburg
PublisherErgon Verlag
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)9783899137385
StatePublished - 2010

Publication series

NameIstanbuler Texte und Studien

RAMBI Publications

  • rambi
  • Bible -- Pentateuch -- Criticism, interpretation, etc -- History -- 16th century
  • Islam -- Relations -- Judaism -- History -- 1500-
  • Jews -- Turkey -- History -- 16th century
  • Muslim converts from Judaism


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