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Postel, Guillaume
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(Mar 25, 1510, Dolerie, near Barenton, Normandy – Sep 6, 1581, Paris) studied in Paris, where he became adept in many languages. His participation in a French delegation to Constantinople (1535–1537) brought him into contact with Arabic. On his return, he published not only a grammar of Arabic (c. 1538) but Linguarum duodecim characteribus (1538), a comparative study in which his later ideas were already laid out: the derivation of all languages from Hebrew, the need for Christian mission in the face of Islam, and knowledge of languages as an instrument for th…

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Dingel, Irene, “Postel, Guillaume”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 17 February 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_024647>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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