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Pococke, Edward
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(or Pocock; Nov 8, 1604, Oxford – Sep 10, 1691, Oxford), Orientalist. Pococke studied theology at Oxford, where he learned Arabic from Matthias Pasor and William Bedwell. After a period in Aleppo as Anglican chaplain to the Levant Company (1630–1635), in 1636 he became the first incumbent of the professorship in Arabic at Oxford endowed by W. Laud. From 1637 to 1640 he resided in Constantinople. In 1648 he also became professor of Hebrew. He was a significant contributor to the London Polyglot Bible of B. Walton. His Specimen historiae Arabum (1649, repr. 1806) was eno…

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Bobzin, Hartmut, “Pococke, Edward”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 22 October 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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