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George Strachan of the MearnsSeventeenth-century Orientalist$
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Tom McInally

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781474466226

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474466226.001.0001

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The Mission at Srinagar

The Mission at Srinagar

(p.143) Chapter Twelve The Mission at Srinagar
George Strachan of the Mearns

Tom McInally

Edinburgh University Press

Strachan’s personal copy of Raimondi’s published New Testament in Arabic was once part of the library of the Jesuit mission station in Srinagar. The chapter’s attempt to explain this includes a discussion of the history of Jesuit presence in the East with their headquarters in Goa and their missions to the Mughal court. Despite Strachan’s long established connections with the Society and the possibility of an introduction to the Mughal court, Goa was not a safe place for him due to the presence of the Inquisition. Following the death of Mīr Dāmād in 1632, Strachan remained in Iran until 1634 but the following year he appears to have participated in an ill-fated Jesuit expedition to Tibet in which he died. A summary of Strachan’s contribution to European understanding of Eastern societies and religions is given in which an appeal for wider recognition of his achievements is made.

Keywords:   Raimondi’s New Testament in Arabic, Jesuits at the Mughal Court, The Goan Inquisition, Jesuit exploration of Asia, Early European research into Islam

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