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Vambery, Arminius
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Born in Bratislava in 1832 as Hermann Vamberger, Arminius Vámbéry, who died in Budapest in 1913, was a Jewish traveler and scholar in Ottoman, Tatar, Iranian, and Central Asian studies. Educated in both Hungarian and German, Vámbéry studied several Turkic languages which he acquired or improved his command of during his travels. Lameness notwithstanding, he ventured (disguised as a dervish) into areas little visited by Europeans. His travel publications, along with his first studies on Turkic linguistics, were instrumental in his 1865 appointment as the first h…

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Jacob M. Landau, “Vambery, Arminius”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 25 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_SIM_0021930>
First published online: 2010

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