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Abbot, Robert (fl. c. 1589–1652), Church of England clergyman and religious writer, was most probably the Robert Abbot who graduated BA from Peterhouse, Cambridge, in 1605 and was incorporated MA at Oxford on 14 July 1607. Nothing is known of his family background and early life, but in 1639 he wrote 'I have lived now by God's gratious dispensation above fifty years' (...

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Abrahams, Israel (1858–1925), Jewish scholar and historian, was born on 26 November 1858 at 10 Finsbury Square, London, the second son in the family of four sons and two daughters of Barnett Abrahams (1831–1863) and his wife, Jane, née Brandon (1834–1895). His father was principal of ...

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Israel Abrahams (1858–1925) by Isaac Cohen Liberal Jewish Synagogue

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Acton, Ralph (supp. fl. after 1179), supposed preacher and compiler of sermons, is said to have composed various series on the Sunday gospels and epistles, and on the gospels and epistles for saints' days, which are listed by Bale, with incipits, from three manuscripts no longer extant. ...

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Adam the Carthusian (supp. fl. 1340), supposed religious writer, appears to be the creation of John Bale (d. 1563), who gave a distinct and false identity to one of the names under which Adam of Dryburgh (d. 1212?) was known. Of the six works that ...

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Adams, Thomas (1631/2–1670), ejected minister and writer on Christian doctrine, was born at Woodchurch parsonage, Cheshire, one of at least three sons of Charles Adams and his wife, Isabel Bennet 'the daughter of a worthy gentleman'—Thomas Bennet, from the same parish (...

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Ailred [Ælred, Æthelred] of Rievaulx (1110–1167), religious writer and abbot of Rievaulx, was probably the youngest of the three sons of Eilaf, the last hereditary priest of the church of St Andrew at Hexham, grandson of Eilaf, treasurer of Durham, and great-grandson of the learned ...

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Ali, Abdullah Yusuf (1872–1953), Indian civil servant and Islamic scholar, was born on 4 April 1872 in Surat, Gujarat, India. His father, Yusuf Ali Allahbuksh, otherwise Khan Bahadur Yusuf Ali, a Shi'i in the Dawoodi Bohra tradition, had abandoned the traditional occupation of his community, business, and entered instead the police force, being presented on retirement with the title of ...

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Abdullah Yusuf Ali (1872–1953) by Lafayette, 1930 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Alleine, Joseph (bap. 1634, d. 1668), ejected minister and devotional writer, was born in a house next to the Poultry Market, Devizes, Wiltshire, and baptized on 8 April 1634, at St John's Church, there, the fourth child of Tobias Alleine (d. 1667)...