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Oxford and Cambridge Officially Teach Arabic

Cambridge University in 1632 and Oxford University in 1636 establish chairs (Professorships) of Arabic. Scholars were influenced by Arabic texts on mathematics, astronomy, chemistry, medicine, and biblical studies.

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William Bedwell – The Father of Arabic Studies

William Bedwell (1561–1632) was an English priest, scholar, orientalist and Arabist. He specialised in Semitic languages, with a passion for Arabic and a keen interest in mathematics. He was also …

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Learning Arabic in England

Robert Wakefield who became the Professor of Hebrew at Oxford in 1540 gave a lecture in 1524, which he delivered in Cambridge entitled ‘De laudibus et utilitate linuarum’ where he …

Jan 1524 Read More →