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Olfert Dapper
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Not much is known about Olfert Dapper. He was born in Amsterdam and baptised in the Lutheran Church on 6 January 1636, probably very soon after his birth. He studied medicine at Utrecht University and then returned to Amsterdam. It is not certain that he actually worked as a medical doctor, but the abbreviation Dr appears before his name in his numerous works.

Dapper never left his home country and never married. In 1663, at the ag…

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Steenbrink, Karel, “Olfert Dapper”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 1500 - 1900, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 07 March 2021 <>
First published online: 2015

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