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William Guise (Guilelmus Guisius) (c.1653–1683), was an English orientalist.


He went to Oriel College, Oxford at age 16.[1] He was Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford from 1674 to 1680, being granted an MA in 1677.[2] He spent the last years of his life in St Mary's College, Oxford.[3]


He is known for his scholarly work on Zeraim, an order of the Mishnah, for which he produced a Latin translation and commentary. He made use of a wide range of Islamic literature, and particularly relied on the Arabic dictionaries of Fairuzabadi and Jauhari.[2][4][5] It was published as Misnae Pars (1690), edited by Edward Bernard.


  1. ^ Anthony à Wood, Athenae Oxonienses, vol. IV (1813, third edition edited by Philip Bliss)
  2. ^ a b Concise Dictionary of National Biography
  3. ^ R.W. Jeffrey, A Forgotten College of Oxford.
  4. ^ Mordechai Feingold, Oriental Studies, p. 493 in Trevor Henry Aston, Nicholas Tyacke (editors), The History of the University of Oxford: Volume IV: Seventeenth-Century Oxford (1984).
  5. ^ Joyce M. Horn, Canons of Christ Church: Sixth prebend, Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae 1541–1857: volume 8: Bristol, Gloucester, Oxford and Peterborough dioceses (1996), pp. 100–102.


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