کتاب نمازنامۀ عام کليساى مقدس انکلستان در ايران که بدست اقل العباد رابرط بروس کشيش انکليس ترجمه شد
Kitāb-i namāznāmah-i ʻāmm-i kilīsā-yi muqaddas-i Inglkistān dar Īrān kih bi-dast-i aqall al-ʻibād Rābirṭ Brūs kashīsh-i Inklīs tarjumah shud.
Portions of the Book of Common Prayer in Persian.
Translated by Robert Bruce.
London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1898.
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Persian/Farsi is a major Iranian language written in Perso-Arabic script.
William Muss-Arnolt discusses the history of translations of the Book of Common Prayer into Persian in Chapter XXIV of The Book of Common Prayer among the Nations of the World (1914); David Griffiths identifies this translation as 134:4 in The Bibliography of the Book of Common Prayer 1549-1999 (London: The British Library; New Castle, Delaware: Oak Knoll Press, 2002). Muss-Arnolt provides the following biography of translator Robert Bruce (d. 1915):
Bruce graduated A.B. from Trinity College, Dublin, in 1857, was ordered deacon and ordained priest in 1858. From 1858 until 1869 he was a C.M.S. missioner in Northern India, the Punjab, and at Julfa, Persia, from 1869-93. From 1895-96 he was professor of Persian in University College, London. His Persian translation of the Liturgy appeared first in 1882, published by the S.P.C.K. [...]
It was this zealous missionary who really forced the hand of the C.M.S. to invade Persia in the name of the Lord. Recognising the importance of the Persian language for intercourse with the higher classes on the Afghan frontier, he obtained leave when returning to India, in 1869, after his first furlough, to go via Persia and spend a year there. He proceeded to the old capital, Ispahan, and took up his residence at Julfa, the Armenian quarter of the capital, in which Christians were allowed to live. Providential circumstances were gradually opening the way for the future Persian Mission, which was formally adopted in 1875. Dr. Bruce retired from the Persian work in 1893, after thirty-five years of most valuable service. According to the latest issue of Crockford, he is still living as rector of Little Dean, Gloucester, England.
This scan was digitized in 2011 by Richard Mammana from a copy of the original provided by Thomas Rae.