Crown of Roses, Issue 14, October 1905


Klílā d-warde (Crown of roses) was a magazine issued in Mosul (present-day Iraq) between August 1904 and July 1908. It was published by the Dominican Fathers, in the neo-Aramaic language using an East Syriac script, which was common to the Chaldean Catholics of the region. It contained devotional articles, with occasional coverage of cultural topics. The magazine was produced by a small staff of clergy based in Mosul. The Dominican presence in the city goes back to 1750, when Pope Benedict XIV sent a group of Italian friars to establish a church and to provide for the needs of Chaldean Catholics. The Italians soon were replaced by French Dominicans, who in 1856 established a press in order to produce school texts, spiritual works, and Arabic literary works. Dominican printing continued in Mosul until 1914. In all, 48 issues of Klílā d-warde were published. The complete run is preserved in the Iraqi National Library and Archives.

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Dominican Press, Mosul, Iraq

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ܟܠܥܠܐ ܕܘܖܵܕܐ

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16 pages ; 18 x 12 centimeters


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