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Eastern Wisedome and Learning: The Study of Arabic in Seventeenth-Century England

G. J. Toomer


This book narrates the extraordinary growth in the study of Arabic in England from the late 16th century, when it was almost non-existent, to the end of the 17th century. By its high point around 1666, England was pre-eminent among European countries in the study of Arabic. Permanent Chairs of Arabic had been established at Oxford and Cambridge, and specialized presses in Oxford and London had produced Arabic works. The Professor at Oxford, Edward Pococke, was recognized as the foremost scholar in the field in Europe, and a great collection of Arabic manuscripts, begun by Archbishop Laud, was ... More

Keywords: Arabic, England, Chair of Arabic, Oxford, Cambridge, Edward Pococke, Arabic manuscripts, Archbishop Laud, Ottoman Empire, Islam

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1996 Print ISBN-13: 9780198202912
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198202912.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

G. J. Toomer, author
Harvard University