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Ilminski, Nicholas (1822–1891)

  1. Robert L. Gallagher

Published Online: 25 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470670606.wbecc1538

The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization

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Gallagher, R. L. 2011. Ilminski, Nicholas (1822–1891). The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 NOV 2011


Nicholas Ilminski was a Russian Orthodox missionary and linguist who graduated from the Kazan Ecclesiastical Academy in 1846 and became its professor in Tatar and Arabic. Sent by the church, he traveled to Damascus, Constantinople, and Cairo to master the Turkish, Arabic, and Persian languages. He eventually became an expert in the Hebrew, Greek, Latin, Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Tatar, Mordvin, Chuvash, Cheremis, Kirghiz, Altai, and Yakut languages, as well as many other languages and dialects. Although he remained an academic and educator throughout his life, he was instrumental in helping the missionary cause through his linguistic abilities.


  • ilminski, nicholas (1822–1891);
  • Russian orthodox missionary, linguist;
  • translating the bible into tatar, of everyday speech