Percorso

Storia di Rawḥ al-Qurašī, introduzione, traduzione, note ed indici a cura di Emanuela Braida e Chiara Pelissetti, (2001), 150p, isbn 9788871580951

 

A short Arab Christian anonymous manuscript prompts an histori-cal “detective story” that could have been written in the “Thousand and One Nights”.  The ensuing study takes as its point of departure the hagiographic text of the “Passion of Rawḥ al-Qurashi”. The au-thor attempts to demonstrate the historical existence of the martyr, a grandson of Caliph Harūn al-Rashīd. This young Muslim aristocrat deeply moved by the miracles attributed to Saint Theodore aban-doned the comforts of the world and undertook a long spiritual and geographical journey that led him to martyrdom for his faith in Christ.