Dr. Grant and the Mountain Nestorians by Thomas Laurie relates the
biography of the eminent American missionary physician, Dr. Asahel
Grant. Born in 1807, he studied medicine as a young man and became
a Presbyterian missionary in 1834. Grant lived in Persia for ten
years making a number of expeditions into the mountains of
Kurdistan and establishing a mission at Ashitha intended to serve
the needs of the people he identified as 'Nestorians.' In 1843, in
the wake of Turkish and Kurdish violence against the Christians of
the Church of the East, Grant and the people to whom he ministered
were displaced to refugee camps near Mosul. Grant died shortly
thereafter, in April of 1844. Drawing extensively from Dr. Grant's
own letters and journals, Laurie's narrative provides a lively
account of the life and work of a little-known nineteenth-century
missionary and opens windows on the intertwining histories of the
Church of the East and American Protestantism in the cultural
milieu of the Middle East of the nineteenth century.
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