The Book of Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola, the Founder of the Jesuit Monastic Order


This manuscript is an Arabic translation of the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola. At the beginning of the manuscript, Ignatius (1491–1556) is expressly described as the founder of “Jesuit monasticism.” The text also states that this work was translated from Latin into Arabic in the Phoenician city of Sidon, in the year 1731 by the Jesuit Pierre Fromage (1678–1740). The translation was for the benefit of those in Eastern countries, as it was known that many in Western countries had benefited from the Latin version of the work. A number of other Arabic manuscripts of the Spiritual Exercises are known to exist, in Maronite and in other collections. The Maronite author Gabriel Farhāt (1670–1732) also composed an Arabic spiritual handbook based on Ignatius’ exercises.

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كتاب رياضات القديس اغناطيوس مؤسس الرهبنة اليسوه

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143 folios, 16 x 11.7 centimeters

Last updated: September 18, 2015