ERC Advanced Grant în Institutul de Studii Sud-Est Europene (ISSEE) al Academiei Române
HORIZON 2020 ‒ 883219 ‒ TYPARABIC ‒ ERC-2019-ADG

Primele cărți arabe tipărite
pentru creștinii din Imperiul Otoman

Transferuri culturale între Europa de Est și Orientul Apropiat în secolul al XVIII-lea

The TYPARABIC Principal Investigator invites you
to a virtual book talk: 
Ioana Feodorov, Arabic Printing for the Christians in Ottoman Lands. The East-European Connection,
De Gruyter, 2023, on
Friday, November 10 2023, from 16:00 to 17:30 (Bucharest time).
The author will be joined by Radu Dipratu and Orlin Sabev, historians of the Ottoman era.
The book is available in Open Access and can be downloaded here:

Please see the abstract below.

Here is the information to access the virtual book talk:
Time: Nov 10, 2023 04:00 PM Bucharest

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Meeting ID: 882 1396 5766
Passcode: 650984

Arabic printing began in Eastern Europe and the Ottoman Levant through the association of the scholar and printer Antim the Iberian, later metropolitan of Wallachia, and Athanasios III Dabbās, twice patriarch of Antioch, when the latter, as metropolitan of Aleppo, was residing in Bucharest. This partnership resulted in the first Greek and Arabic editions of the Book of the Divine Liturgies (Snagov, 1701) and the Horologion (Bucharest, 1702). With the tools and expertise he acquired in Wallachia, Dabbās established in Aleppo in 1705 the first Arabic-type press in the Ottoman Empire. After the Church of Antioch divided into separate Greek Orthodox and Greek Catholic Patriarchates in 1724, a new press was opened for Arabic-speaking Greek Catholics by ʻAbdallāh Zāḫir in Ḫinšāra (Ḍūr al-Šuwayr), Lebanon. Likewise, in 1752-1753, a press active at the Church of Saint George in Beirut printed Orthodox books that preserved elements of the Aleppo editions and were reprinted for decades. This book tells the story of the first Arabic-type presses in the Ottoman Empire, which provided church books to Arabic-speaking Christians, owing to the efforts of ecclesiastical leaders such as the patriarchs Silvester of Antioch and Sofronios II of Constantinople and financial support from East European rulers like prince Constantin Brâncoveanu and hetman Ivan Mazepa.









De Gruyter publishing house announces
the publication of the volume
Arabic Printing for the Christians in Ottoman Lands. The East-European Connection
by Ioana Feodorov, the first in the series
Early Arabic Printing in the East (EAPE).

The book is accessible in Open Access
and can be ordered from the editor’s website.