Sir Thomas Adams's Professor of Arabic

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Sir Thomas Adams’s Professor of Arabic is a title used at Cambridge University for the holder of a professorship of Arabic; 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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