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Heinrich Seike

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Henry Sike Date of Birth: 1669 Place of Birth: Bremen Date of Death: 20 May 1712 Place of Death: Cambridge BiographyHeinrich Seike, later known as Henry Sike, was born in Bremen in 1669. Despite his family’s modest means, from April 1687 he attended the prestigious local Gymnasium, where his studies included Hebrew as well as Latin and Greek, mathematics and theology. As was not unusual at the time, he left after three years ‘without obtaining any kind of certificate’ (Forster, ‘Sike’, p. 255). Joining the Danish a…

 History of the Saracens: The improvement of human reason, exhibited in the life of Hai Ebn Yodkan

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- Simon Ockley Date: 1701 and 1718 Original Language: English DescriptionWhat became known as Simon Ockley’s  History of the Saracens was written between August 1701, when he first visited Oxford to consult Arabic manuscripts, and 1718, when the second volume was published. Vol. 1, entitled  The conquest of Syria, Persia, and Aegypt by the Saracens, was published in 1708. This title was changed to  The history of the Saracens for the second edition in 1718, when vol. 2 was published. Vol. 1 has 444 pages, and vol. 2 has 436 pages. New editions of the  History followed in 1757, 1847, 1848 and 1857, with a French translation by A.-F. Jault…

Thomas Smith

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Date of Birth: 3 June 1638 Place of Birth: Barking Date of Death: 11 May 1710 Place of Death: Soho, London BiographyThomas Smith was born in Barking on 3 June 1638; his father, John Smith, was a London merchant. In 1657, he entered Queen’s College, Oxford, where he received his BA in 1651 and his MA in 1653, specialising in Hebrew. That year, he was appointed to a teaching post in Magdalen School, attached to Magdalen College. In 1666, he was elected probationer fellow at Magdalen and entered holy orders, becoming a…
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