Апологетический аспект средневекового несторианского энциклопедического сочинения «Башня» (Kitāb al-maǧdal) на примере глав о любви (al-maḥabba) и чистоте (aṭ-ṭahāra)
The present article provides some interesting examples of how Christian apologetic discourse was developed within the framework of the ‘Nestorian’ theological encyclopedia written in Arabic in the medieval Mesopotamia. The author illustrates his treatise on love with examples of the Prophets who forgot self, in particular, Abraham and Job (cf. Qurʾān 38) and, finally, refers to Christ’s self-sacrifice. In the chapter on purity, he emphasizes clothing in wool of those who practiced asceticism thus implicitly connecting Muslim Sufis (Arabic taṣawwuf is commonly derived from ṣūf ‘wool’) to the Biblical and Christian ascetics. The research is based on the Paris manuscript of the Kitāb al- maǧdal – BnF ar. 190.