Kitab al- alawat al- ammah wa-ghayriha min rusum al-kanisah... [Book of Common Prayer in Arabic]. Ahmad Faris Al-Shidyaq.
Kitab al- alawat al- ammah wa-ghayriha min rusum al-kanisah... [Book of Common Prayer in Arabic]
Kitab al- alawat al- ammah wa-ghayriha min rusum al-kanisah... [Book of Common Prayer in Arabic]
Kitab al- alawat al- ammah wa-ghayriha min rusum al-kanisah... [Book of Common Prayer in Arabic]
Kitab al- alawat al- ammah wa-ghayriha min rusum al-kanisah... [Book of Common Prayer in Arabic]
Kitab al- alawat al- ammah wa-ghayriha min rusum al-kanisah... [Book of Common Prayer in Arabic]
Kitab al- alawat al- ammah wa-ghayriha min rusum al-kanisah... [Book of Common Prayer in Arabic]

Kitab al- alawat al- ammah wa-ghayriha min rusum al-kanisah... [Book of Common Prayer in Arabic]

Valetta [Malta]: 1840.

First Edition. Hardcover. Good. Translated title: The Book of Common Prayer, and Administration of the Sacraments, and Other rites and Ceremonies of the Church; Together with the Psalter. 7.5", pp [40], 662, in contemporary leather-backed marbled boards, with title and a cross stamped in gilt on the spine. Front joint cracked and board loosening, otherwise sound. American Congregational Association stamp on title page and rear pastedown, paper label on spine, light foxing throughout. A good copy of the scarce first edition of this translation. Provenance: Signed "Thomas Laurie, Mosul" on the front free endpaper. Laurie (1821-1897) was an American missionary to the Middle East. He arrived in Mosul in 1842 as part of the mission to the Nestorian communities of southeastern Turkey and was later transferred to the Syrian mission. Ahmad Faris Al-Shidyaq (1804-1887) was "a formidable Arabic grammarian, lexicographer, translator and one of the earliest professional Arab journalists in the Ottoman empire." (Arabic Thought Beyond the Liberal Age; Cambridge, 2017). Born in Lebanon, he was employed as a scribe in his youth and developed a passion for books, literature, and calligraphy that persisted throughout his life. In 1826, he went to work in Malta as a translator and editor of religious and educational books for the English Church Missionary Society. From 1828-35 he lived in Egypt, where he worked for the first newspaper in the Arabic world. After returning to Malta, he continued to prepare Arabic texts for the Missionary Society, including this new and highly regarded translation of the Book of Common Prayer. He went on to live in London, Paris, Tunis, and Istanbul, where he founded an Arabic-language newspaper. He is considered one of the founding fathers of modern Arabic literature."

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