The Dominican Press in Mosul
From The Catholic University of America Annual Report 2009-2010: “The Dominican Press of Mosul may be credited with the first sustained printing activity in Iraq during the years ca. 1856–1914. Arabic, Syriac, and neo-Aramaic books were produced by and for the Syrian Catholic and Chaldean churches. They include religious and school texts, and popular literature. Recently, scholars J.F. Coakley and David G. K. Taylor have drawn attention to the important part played by this press in the formation of Syrian Catholic and Chaldean intellectuals in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and to the role of the Dominican Press as ‘a melting pot of Syriac and Latin theological traditions.’ The Catholic University of America is a major depository for these materials.”
Coakley and Taylor, Syriac Books Printed at the Dominican Press, Mosul (Gorgias, 2009).
Since the 1850s until the outbreak of World War I, the Dominican Press in Mosul, Iraq, produced scholarly, liturgical, and pedagogical publications to service the local Christian communities. These hard to find publications have now been cataloged by J. F. Coakley and David G. K. Taylor. This detailed catalog not only provides a reference to the publications of the Dominican Press, but also sheds light on the cultural life of the local Christian community.