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Last Initiatives 1905–1915

J.F. COAKLEY

in The Church of the East and the Church of England

Published in print July 1992 | ISBN: 9780198267447
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683268 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198267447.003.0007
Last Initiatives 1905–1915

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This chapter details the final decade of the Assyrian Mission. Randall Davidson took office as Archbishop of Canterbury in February 1903, just two months before the accession of Mar Benjamin Shimun; and both men saw through the last decade of the Mission's active history. Davidson recalled at the annual meeting of 1903 how his interest in the Syrians went back to his days as Tait's chaplain. Under his presidency, the Mission once again had a fun measure of the Archbishop's attention and sympathy. These were both in demand as the morale and effectiveness of the Mission in the field very gradually deteriorated. The discouragement was by no means uninterrupted by hopeful episodes and signs, but when war arrived in 1914 it closed operations which seemed about to reach their natural end in any event.

Keywords: Assyrian Mission; Randall Davidson; Mar Benjamin Shimun

Chapter.  26377 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christianity

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