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«Ибо их Писание повелевает…»: Четвертая беседа Илии, митрополита Нисивина, и везира Абу-л-Касима ал-Магриби

The Book of Sessions (Kitāb al-majālis) of Elias of Nisibis is a remarkable example of the Arab-Christian literature of the 11th century CE which is still pending its full critical edition. The content of the book is an account of the discussions between Metropolitan Elias (975–1046) and his Muslim vis-à-vis – wazir Abū ʾl-Qāsim al-Ḥusayn ibn ʿAlī al-Maghribī (981–1027). This work demonstrates the intellectual contacts between the different religious traditions of medieval Arab culture in its flourishing age as well as characteristics of the Christian literature developed in the Syro-Mesopotamian region in that epoch. This publication provides a critical survey of the treatise and discusses a probable source of the fourth session which is represented in Russian translation. While working on the article and the translation, the author used manuscripts from the collections of Berlin and Aleppo.