of Abdallah ibn Ismaîl the Hâshimite
to Abd al Masîh ibn Ishâc al Kindy, inviting him to
embrace Islam; and the reply of Abd al Masîh, refuting
the same, and inviting the Hâshimite to embrace the
The book, we learn from a note at the
end, was printed from two MSS. obtained, one in Egypt,
the other in Constantinople. Neither has the name of
the copyist, nor the year of transcription. They are
both said in this note, to be full of errors and discrepancies.
But the book has been edited with care and intelligence,
and as a whole may be regarded as a correct reproduction
of the original. The editor (Dr. Tien) certainly deserves
great credit for the way in which the task is executed.
I proceed to give a brief account of the work.
The letters, themselves anonymous,
are preceded by a short preface: