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By A. J. McFarland

The Reformed Presbyterian Church is a truly small denomination of approximately six thousand participants that at one time had a presence within the center East. This scarce checklist of its actions among the Arabs used to be compiled via Andrew James McFarland, 1869-1952, a missionary clergyman who spent such a lot of his existence in Syria regardless of all of the upheavals within the zone. actually, in the course of global struggle I whilst the Ottoman Empire used to be at struggle with the Allies and such a lot non-Muslims fled, Reverend McFarland remained in Mersine, billeting a German officer and supporting deal with wounded Turkish soldiers.

Those drawn to Syrian background will locate the checklist of clergy invaluable as their papers might be positioned in information similar to these at of the sect's associations, Geneva collage and its theological seminary, for insights in regards to the Syrian state of affairs of their time. in fact the 1919 peace cost intended the dismemberment of the Ottoman territories and the French suzerancy over modern Syria, however the missions stayed on for lots of years.

Eventually the church buildings and faculties that McFarland verified disappeared, however the diaries, correspondence, and experiences of approximately a century of Reformed Presbyterian job are an underused and demanding source. this can be one among a few scarce heart East titles that Westphalia has released to advertise curiosity in missed archives.

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