Two Hitherto Little-Studied Turkish Translations by Wojciech Bobowski alias Albertus Bobovius

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In this contribution, I will discuss two Turkish translations made by the famous Ottoman court official, Wojciech Bobowski, alias Albertus Bobovius (d. ca. 1677 CE). One is his translation of the Anglican Catechism (1654), the other his version of the Ianua linguarum by Johannes Amos Comenius (Komenský, 1592–1670), the Czech philosopher, pedagogue and theologian (1658). Both texts have only survived as manuscripts and neither has been studied in any depth before. I will present the texts, as well as their historical backgrounds, and shed some new light on the life of the translator as well.

Two Hitherto Little-Studied Turkish Translations by Wojciech Bobowski alias Albertus Bobovius

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    Walter Haddon (ed.)Liber Precum Publicarum (London: Reginald Wolfe1560) was reprinted in 1847 by the Parker Society ed. William Keatinge Clay. The latter appears as 87:32 in David Griffiths’ Bibliography of the Book of Common Prayer; the original text from which the reprint was taken is 87:3.

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    Neudecker“From Istanbul to London?” 182.

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    MatarIslam in Britain143; P.M. Holt Studies in the history of the Near East (London: Frank Cass 1973) 20; A. Hamilton William Bedwell the Arabist. 1563–1632 (Leiden: Brill and Leiden University Press 1985) 95; G.J. Toomer “Edward Pococke’s Arabic Translation of Grotius’ De VeritateGrotiana 33 (2012): 88–105 at 88–94; G.J. Toomer “Pococke Edward (1604–1691)” Oxford Dictionary of National Biography Oxford University Press 2004; online edn Jan 2008 [ accessed 11 Aug 2016]; G.J. Toomer Eastern wisedome and learning. The study of Arabic in seventeenth-century England (Oxford: Clarendon Press and New York: Oxford University Press 1996) 146 216–7.

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    MatarIslam in Britain142–3; Holt Studies in the Near East 20; Alastair Hamilton “Wlliam Seaman”; Toomer Eastern wisedome 282.

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