Sir Thomas Adams's Professor of Arabic

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Sir Thomas Adams’ Professor of Arabic is a title used at Cambridge University because Sir Thomas Adams, 1st Baronet (1586–1668), Lord Mayor of London in 1645, gave to Cambridge University the money needed to create the first Professorship of Arabic.[1]

The professorship was partly created to propagate the Christian faith "to them who now sit in darkness".[2]

Sir Thomas Adams Professors[edit]


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