Christian-Muslim Relations 1500 - 1900

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Grigorii Kotoshikhin
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Almost nothing is known about Grigorii Kotoshikhin’s life before the 1650s. A.I. Markevich, judging mainly by the facts that Kotoshikhin never mentions any service to Tsar Mikhail Fedorovich (r. 1613-45), does not seem closely familiar with the events of Mikhail Fedorovich’s reign, and had the rank of undersecretary or clerk (pod ʾ iachij) in 1658, estimates the year of his birth as 1630 or a little later (Markevich, Grigorij Karpovic…

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Tolstikov, Alexander, “Grigorii Kotoshikhin”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 1500 - 1900, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 19 January 2020 <>
First published online: 2015

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