Bellarmino's catechism in Arabic

Bellarmin, Robert, SJ. [Tafsir wasi' 'alá al-ta'lim al-Masihi (...)]. Dichiarazione piú copiosa della dottrina cristiana.

Rome, [Propaganda Fide], 1770.

8vo. 411, (1) pp. (With:) Borgia, Stefano. Irsad li-ajl al-i'tiraf wa-tanawul al-qurban (...) [Instructions for confession and communion]. 109, (3) pp. Contemporary grey wrappers.


Third Arabic edition of the complete text of Bellarmino's immensely popular catechism, translated into Arabic for the use of Catholic missionaries. Includes the rare first and only edition of Stefano Borgia's Arabic instructions for confession and communion. Borgia (1731-1804) was appointed secretary of the Propaganda Fide in 1770, the year they published the present third Arabic edition of the catechism. He added the instructions, apparently intending them to be bound with the catechism.

Text entirely in Arabic except for title-page and colophon. Old Bourges library stamp "Ex bibliotheca Majoris Seminarii Bituricensis". Wrappers slightly stained; interior very well preserved. A major product of the Propaganda Fide's efforts to convert Arabic-speaking people in the 18th century, including the rare instructions for confession and communion.


De Backer/Sommervogel I, 1190 (& note). Schnurrer 303 (& note).

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