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Sir James W. Redhouse (1811-1892): The Making of a Perfect Orientalist?

Carter V. Findley
Journal of the American Oriental Society
Vol. 99, No. 4 (Oct. - Dec., 1979), pp. 573-600
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/601447
Page Count: 28
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Abstract

Of unsurpassed importance in the development of Turkish lexicography, Redhouse owed his professional formation to a series of accidents which led him at an early age in Ottoman service. Acquiring his linguistic expertise as a by-product of work in technical capacities, he served the Ottomans as a translator in naval and diplomatic assignments until 1853. Having begun to publish by that date, he then returned to England and a life of scholarship. Since some of his works were published in Turkish or were anonymous and others remained unfinished, the significance of his contributions has not yet fully been appreciated.

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