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“These stones shall be for a memorial”: A discussion of the abolition of circumcision in the Kitāb al-Maǧdal

The present article provides an interesting example of how Christian discussions of the abolition of circumcision – originally developed as part of the process of Christian emancipation from the Old Testament law – became revitalized in Christian-Muslim polemic in the medieval Middle East. The chapter on the abolition of circumcision from the comprehensive ‘Nestorian’ encyclopedic work of the mid-10th–early 11th century entitled Kitāb al-Maǧdal (‘The Tower’) is edited and translated in full. The edition of the Arabic text is based on two manuscripts: Paris, BnF Ar. 190 and Cambridge University Library Add. 3163 (=3293).