Abdallah Zakher

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Abdallah Zakher (عبد الله زاخر‎) (1684–1748) was a Lebanese printer and typographer. He was a Melkite Christian at the time of the Church's re-establishment of Communion with Rome and among other accomplishments he set up the first printing press in the Middle East.

His printing press used Arabic movable types and was installed in 1733 in the motherhouse of the Basilian Chouerite Order, the monastery of Saint John the Baptist at Choueir (or Dhour El Shuwayr, near Khinchara) in Mount Lebanon,[1] where it still can be visited.

Zakher was also an accomplished writer and craftsman.


  1. ^ Joseph Abou Nohra. "Les Origines et le Rayonnement culturel de la première imprimerie à caractères Arabes au Liban (1733)". Archived from the original on 2012-09-05. Retrieved 2009-04-08.