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Ferdinand, Philip (1556–1599), Hebrew and Arabic scholar, was born of Jewish parentage in Poland in 1556. In his youth he studied the Talmud in the traditional Jewish manner and, judging from his elegant Latin, his command of Greek, and his fine handwriting, also received a humanist education. After about 1580 he was in ...

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Hourani, Albert Habib (1915–1993), historian and Arabist, was born on 31 March 1915 in Didsbury, south Manchester, the fifth of the six children of Fadlo Hourani (1871–1960), a textile exporter, and his wife, Soumaiya (1881–1943), daughter of the Revd Yuakim and Khazma Racy...

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Mingana, Alphonse [formerly Hurmiz Mingana] (1878?–1937), Syriac and Christian Arabic scholar, was born on 23 December probably in 1878 (not 1881 as usually stated) in Sharansh al-'Ulya in the district of Zakho, vilayet of Mosul (now northern Iraq), the eldest of the eight children of ...