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The Monks of Kûblâi Khân Emperor of China


Or the History of the Life and Travels of Rabban Ṣâwmâ and Mâr Yahbhallâhâ III


Translation and Introduction by E.A. Wallis Budge
This volume contains the English translation of the histories of Rabban Sawma and Mar Yahbalaha III (ca. 1230-1300) and their travels from China across Persia into Iraq. The translator also offers over 100 pages of prefatory material.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
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SKU (ISBN): 978-1-61719-508-2
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Publication Status: In Print

Publication Date: Mar 29,2012
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 385
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-61719-508-2
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This volume contains the English translation of the histories of Rabban Sawma and Mar Yahbalaha III (ca. 1230-1300), a Uighur and Church of the East monk. The Syriac text was edited by Bedjan (also available from Gorgias Press). The narrative, originally written in Persian, but abridged into Syriac, among other things, includes travels, the narrative of Mar Yahbalaha’s election as Patriarch, persecution of Christians, the building of a monastery, and wars. There are over 100 pages of prefatory material, including discussions of the Church of the East generally, the conversion of Turkestan, travels of Chinese monks, Rabban Sawma’s travels into Europe, the Patriarchate of Mar Yahbalaha III, the decline of Christianity in central Asia and China, the Mongols and Christianity, the Mongolian language, and the famous stele of Hsi-an-fu. Budge also discusses the history of scholarship on the text, which excited attention as soon as it was known. Sixteen plates are given, and five illustrations. The book concludes with an index of biblical quotations, and a general index. This text, here offered in an English translation, supplies readers with unique information on Christianity in China and across Persia into Iraq.

This volume contains the English translation of the histories of Rabban Sawma and Mar Yahbalaha III (ca. 1230-1300), a Uighur and Church of the East monk. The Syriac text was edited by Bedjan (also available from Gorgias Press). The narrative, originally written in Persian, but abridged into Syriac, among other things, includes travels, the narrative of Mar Yahbalaha’s election as Patriarch, persecution of Christians, the building of a monastery, and wars. There are over 100 pages of prefatory material, including discussions of the Church of the East generally, the conversion of Turkestan, travels of Chinese monks, Rabban Sawma’s travels into Europe, the Patriarchate of Mar Yahbalaha III, the decline of Christianity in central Asia and China, the Mongols and Christianity, the Mongolian language, and the famous stele of Hsi-an-fu. Budge also discusses the history of scholarship on the text, which excited attention as soon as it was known. Sixteen plates are given, and five illustrations. The book concludes with an index of biblical quotations, and a general index. This text, here offered in an English translation, supplies readers with unique information on Christianity in China and across Persia into Iraq.

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  • CONTENTS (page 11)
  • LIST OF PLATES (page 13)
  • ILLUSTRATIONS IN THE TEXT (page 15)
  • PREFACE (page 17)
  • INTRODUCTION (page 21)
  • TRANSLATION OF THE SYRIAC TEXT (page 159)
  • CHAPTER I : THE HISTROY OF RABBAN SAWMA (page 164)
  • CHAPTER II : THE HISTORY OF MAR YAHBH-ALLAHA, THE CATHOLICUS AND PATRIARCH OF THE EAST (page 169)
  • CHAPTER III : RABBAN SAWMA AND RABBAN MARKOS WISH TO GO TO JERUSALEM (page 173)
  • CHAPTER IV : RABBAN MARK IS ORDAINED METROPOLITAN, AND IS CALLED MAR YAHBH-ALLAHA, AND RABBAN SAWMA BECOMES VISITOR-GENERAL (page 188)
  • CHAPTER V : MAR YAHBH-ALLAHA IS ELECTED PATRIARCH (page 193)
  • CHAPTER VI : THE FALSE ACCUSATIONS WHICH MAR YAHBH-ALLAHA SUFFERED IN THE DAYS OF AHMAD THE KING (page 202)
  • CHAPETR VII : ON THE DEPARTURE OF RABBAN SAWMA TO THE COUNTRY OF THE ROMANS IN THE NAME OF KNG ARGHON AND OF THE CATHOLICUS MAR YAHBH-ALLAHA (page 209)
  • CHAPTER VIII : THE GOOD ACTS OF KING ARGHON AND HIS DEATH (page 242)
  • CHAPTER IX : KING KAIKHATO AND MAR YAHBH-ALLAHA (page 245)
  • CHAPTER X : THE DEATH OF RABBAN SAWMA AND OF THE KINGS KAIKHATO AND BAIDU (page 249)
  • CHAPTER XI : THE PERSECUTION OF MAR YAHBH-ALLAHA AND THE CHRISTIANS IN MARAGHAH (page 254)
  • CHAPTER XII : KING KAZAN PAYS HONOUR TO MAR YAHBH-ALLAHA (page 264)
  • CHAPTER XIII : FURTHER PILLAGE AND MURDER IN MARAGHAH (page 272)
  • CHAPTER XVI : REBELLINOS AND FGHTINGS IN THE FORTRESS OF ARBIL (page 277)
  • CHAPTER XV : MAR YAHBH-ALLAHA FLOURISHETH AND FINISHES BUILDING THE MONASTERY OF MARAGHAH (page 286)
  • CHAPTER XVI : THE LOVE OF KING KAZAN FOR MAR YAHBH-ALLAHA AND HIS DEATH (page 295)
  • CHAPTER XVII : KING ULJAITO AND MAR YAHBH-ALLAHA (page 301)
  • CHAPTER XVIII : THE MASSACRE OF THE CHRISTIANS AT ARBIL (page 307)
  • CHAPTER XIX :THE DEATH OF MAR YAHBH-ALLAHA (page 353)
  • BIBLIOGRAPHY (page 357)
  • PASSAGES OF SCRIPTURE QUOTED (page 365)
  • INDEX (page 367)
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