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Patriarch Mor Ignatios `Abded-Aloho II Sattuf (1833-1915)

Patriarch `Abded-Aloho II Sattuf (Abd Allah II in Arabic) was born in Sadad, he became a monk at an early age, and later was ordained priest. In 1870, he toured the area of Tur `Abdin and recorded the names of villages, monasteries, churches, clergy and the families living in the area. He was consecrated bishop of Jerusalem in 1872 by Patriarch Peter IV and accompanied the Patriarch to England and India from 1874 to 1877. After the return of the Patriarch from India, he stayed for two more years before going back to London where he secured a printing press for Deir al-Za`faran. After his return, `Abded-Aloho served as the bishop of Syria and then of Amid. He paid a second visit to London, during which he attended sessions of the 1888 Lambeth Conference, and secured a second printing press. After the deposition of Patriarch `Abded-Mshiho II (`Abdul Masih) in 1903, `Abded-Aloho was elected and consecrated Patriarch in 1906. Shortly after, he visited London for the third time en route to India in 1908-12. In London, he met King Edward VII twice. In India, he established the Knanaya diocese. After his return from India in 1912, he stayed at Dayro d-Mor Marqos till his death in 1915 and was buried there. The Patriarch received a medal from King Edward VIII, and two medals from the Ottoman sultan.


Kiraz, George (ed.), Encyclopaedic Dictionary of Syriac Heritage, forthcoming publication.

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