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Joseph Besson and the Jesuit mission to Syria
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Joseph Besson

Date of Birth: Around 1607

Place of Birth: Carpentras, France

Date of Death: 1691

Place of Death: Aleppo


The Jesuit missionaries to Syria were latecomers to the apostolic ventures of the various orders officially recognised by the papacy. Unlike the missions to the New World or even to East Asia, the missions to Syria encountered extreme competition from well-established Cath…

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Tadros, Mazin, “Joseph Besson and the Jesuit mission to Syria”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 1500 - 1900, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 19 October 2019 <>

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