Scripta Theologica Arabica Christiana
Andalusi Christian Arabic Fragments
Al-I‘lam was composed in al-Andalus by the Maliki jurist al-Imam al-Qur¿ubi in the heart of the 13th century. It is the most relevant work to explore the nature of interreligious polemics between Christians and Muslims in the Iberian Peninsula, but also to spur research into Islamo-Christian polemics in al-Andalus.
The book was partially edited by Devillard in the seventies using one of the two Turkish manuscripts that have survived, but some years later al-Saqqa published the complete edition. However, a third manuscript composed in Jarbah and actually preserved in the Royal Library in Rabat (Morocco) still remains unpublished.
The Moroccan text is the base of the present diplomatic edition of the ten fragments pertaining to Christian texts contained in the codex. As the reader will see, textual differences are at times of great interest, in that they highlight the manipulation to which the manuscript was subjected during the editing process, and the substantial alterations to which it gave rise.