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The sacred book of the Muslims, by whom it is regarded as the revelation of God. Supplemented by the so-called Hadith , or traditions, it is the foundation of Islam and the final authority in dogma and belief, in jurisprudence, worship, ethics, and in social, family, and individual conduct.

The name Koran , or better Qur'an , from the Arabic stem Qara'a , "to read", "to recite", means the "Reading", the "Recitation", i.e. the "Book", par excellence . It is also called -- to select a few of many titles -- "Alkitab" (The Book), "Furquan" ("liberation", "deliverance", of the revelation ), "Kitab-ul-lah" (Book of God), "Al-tanzil" (The Revelation). It consists of one hundred and fourteen suras or chapters, some being almost as long as the Book of Genesis , others consisting of but two or three sentences. It is smaller than the New Testament, and in its present form has no chronological order or logical sequence.

CONTENTS AND ANALYSIS

The Koran contains dogma, legends, history, fiction, religion and superstition, social and family laws prayers, threats, liturgy, fanciful descriptions of heaven, hell, the judgment day, resurrection, etc. -- a combination of fact and fancy often devoid of force and originality. The most creditable portions are those in which Jewish and Christian influences are clearly discernible. The following analysis is based on Sir William Muir's chronological arrangement (op. cit. infra ).

First Period

Suras 103, 91, 106, 101, 95, 102,104, 82, 92, 105 — rhapsodies, which may have been composed before Mohammed conceived the idea of a Divine mission, or of a revelation direct from Heaven.

Second Period (the opening of Mohammed's ministry)

Sura 96, the command to "recite in the name of the Lord "; sura 113, on the unity and eternity of the Deity ; sura 74, the command to preach, the denunciation of one of the chiefs of Mecca who scoffed at the resurrection, unbelievers threatened with hell ; sura 111, Abu Lahab (the Prophet's uncle) and his wife are cursed.

Third Period (from the beginning of Mohammed's public ministry to the Abyssinian emigration)

Suras 87, 97, 88, 80, 81, 84, 86, 90, 85, 83, 78, 77, 76, 75, 70, 109, 107, 55, 56, descriptions of the resurrection, paradise, and hell, with references to the growing opposition of the Koreish tribe.

Fourth Period (from the sixth to the tenth year of Mohammed's ministry)

Suras 67, 53, 32, 39, 73, 79, 54, 34, 31, 69, 68, 41, 71, 52, 50, 45, 44, 37, 30, 26, 15, 51, narratives from the Jewish Scriptures and from rabbinical and Arab legends; the temporary compromise with idolatry is connected with sura 53.

Fifth Period (from the tenth year of Mohammed's ministry to the Flight from Mecca)

Suras 46, 72, 35, 36, 19, 18, 27, 42, 40, 38, 25, 20, 43, 12, 11, 10, 14, 6, 64, 28, 22, 21, 17, 16, 13, 29, 7, 113, 114. The suras of this period contain some narratives from the Gospel, enjoin the rites of pilgrimage, refute the cavillings of the Koreish, and contain vivid descriptions of the resurrection, judgment, heaven, and hell, with proofs of God's unity, power, and providence. Gradually the suras become longer, some of them filling many pages. In the later suras of the fifth period Medina passages are often interpolated.

Last Period (suras revealed at Medina)

This period includes the following suras:

  • Sura 98: on good and bad Jews and Christians.
  • Sura 2, the longest in the Koran, is called the "Sura of the Cow" from the red heifer described in verse 67 as having been sacrificed by the Israelites at the direction of Moses. It is a collection of passages on various subjects, delivered during the first two or three years after the Flight. The greater portion relates to the Jews, who are sometimes exhorted and sometimes reprobated. Biblical and rabbinical stories abound. This sura contains the order to change the Qibla (or direction at prayer ) a denunciation of the disaffected citizens of Medina, injunctions to fight, permission to bear arms in the sacred months and much matter of a legislative character promulgated on first reaching Medina, with passages of a later date interpolated.
  • Sura 3 belongs partly to the time immediately after the Battle of Bedr. The Jews are referred to in terms of hostility. The interview with Christian deputation from Najran (verses 57-63) is of a later date. Passages pertaining to the farewell pilgrimage are introduced with other (probably) earlier texts on the rites of pilgrimage.
  • Sura 8 contains instructions on the division of spoil at Bedr. Some parts are in the old Meccan style and the Koreish are frequently referred to. In sura 47 war and slaughter are enjoined, and idolaters of Mecca threatened. In sura 62 the Jews are denounced for their ignorance ; the Friday service is to take precedence of secular engagements. In sura 5 the Jews are reviled; the doctrines of the Christians are controverted; it contains also civil ordinances and miscellaneous instructions.
  • Sura 59, on the siege and expulsion of the Banu Nadhir.
  • Sura 4 entitled "women", from the large portion devoted to the treatment of wives and relation of sexes. There are also ordinances on the law of inheritance and general precepts, social and political. Idolatrous Meccans are to be shunned, and there are animadversions against the Jews. The "disaffected" are blamed for taking the part of the Jews.
  • Sura 65: on divorce and kindred subjects, with some religious observations.
  • Sura 63: menances against 'Abdallah ibn Obey for his treasonable language on the expedition against the Banu Mustaliq.
  • Sura 24: vindication of 'Ayisha, with the law of evidence for conjugal unfaithfulness, and miscellaneous precepts.
  • Sura 33, composed of portions covering the year A.H. 5. The marriage of the Prophet with Zeinab, wife of his adopted son, is sanctioned. There are various passages on the conjugal relations of Mohammed, the siege of Medina, and the fall of the Banu Qoreitza.
  • Sura 57: injunctions to fight and contribute towards the expenses of war. The disaffected are warned. Christians are mentioned in kindly terms.
  • Sura 61: on war ; speedy victory is promised. -- The remaining suras belong exclusively to the last five years of the Prophet's life.
  • Sura 48 refers to the truce of Hodeibia, and the prospect of victory and spoil to be obtained elsewhere.
  • Sura 60: on the treatment of the women who, after the truce, came over from Mecca ; idolaters of Mecca to be shunned.
  • Sura 66: on the affair of Mohammed and the Coptic maid.
  • Sura 49: blaming the profession of the Bedouin Arabs as insincere, chiding the deputation which called out rudely at Mohammed's door, and exhorting believers against distrust and uncharitableness among themselves.
  • Sura 9 treats of the campaign to Tebuk (A. H. 9). It opens with the "release" promulgated at the pilgrimage of the same year and declares the antagonism of Islam to all other religions. All but Muslims are excluded from Mecca and the rites of pilgrimage. Idolaters are threatened with slaughter and slavery. War is declared against Jews and Christians until they are humbled and pay tribute. This sura is called "the crusade chapter", and in the early campaigns was often read on the field before battle.

DOCTRINE

The doctrine of the Koran will be fully discussed in the article on the religion of Islam. It is sufficient to note here that the doctrine may be classified under four categories:

  • faith, or what to believe ;
  • practice or worship;
  • ethics, or what to do and what to avoid;
  • moral, historical, and legendary lessons taken from the canonical, but mostly apocryphal, Christian and Jewish Scriptures, and from contemporary and ancient Arabian heathenism.

CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER AND DISTINCTIVE FEATURES OF THE SURAS

Various efforts have been made by Muslim writers and European scholars to arrange the suras chronologically, but Noldeke's arrangement is generally considered the most plausible. He divides the suras into Meccan and Medinian, namely those delivered at Mecca before the Flight or Hegira, and those delivered at Medina after the Flight. The Meccan suras are divided into three periods. To the first (from the first to the fifth year of Mohammed's mission) belong the following suras — 96, 74, 111,106, 108, 104, 107, 102, 105, 92, 90, 94, 93, 97, 86, 91, 80, 68, 87, 95, 103, 85, '73, 101, 99, 82, 81, 53, 84,100, 79, 77, 78, 88, 89, 75, 83, 69, 5l, 52, 56, 55, 112, 109, ll3, 114, and 1. To the second period (the fifth and sixth year of his mission) are assigned suras 54, 37, 7l, 76, 44, 50, 20, 26, 15, 19, 38, 36, 43, 72, 67, 23, 21, 25, 17, 27, and 18. To the third period (from the seventh year to the Flight) belong the following suras: 32, 41 45, 16, 30, 11, 14,12, 40, 28, 39, 29, 31, 42, 10, 34, 35, 7, 46, 6, and 13. The Medina suras are those which remain, in the following order: 2, 98, 64, 62, 8, 47, 3, 61, 57, 4, 65, 59, 33, 63, 24, 58, 22, 48, 66, 60,110, 9, and 5.

The characteristic features of the various suras and of the periods in which they were delivered is described by Mr. Palmer as follows:

In the Meccan Suras Mohammed's one and steady purpose is to bring his hearers to a belief in the one only God ; this he does by powerful rhetorical displays rather than logical arguments, by appealing to their feelings rather than their reason ; by setting forth the manifestation of God in His works; by calling nature to witness to His presence; and by proclaiming His vengeance against those who associate other gods with Him, or attribute offsprings to Him. The appeal was strengthened by glowing pictures of the happiness in store for those who should believe, and by frightful descriptions of the everlasting torments prepared for the unbelievers. In the earlier chapters, too, the prophetic inspiration, the earnest conviction of the truth of his mission, and the violent emotion which his sense of responsibility caused him are plainly shown. The style is curt, grand, and often almost sublime; the expressions are full of poetical feeling, and the thoughts are earnest and passionate, though sometimes dim and confused, indicating the mental excitement and doubt through which they struggled to light.

In the second period of the Meccan Suras, Mohammed appears to have conceived the idea of still further severing himself from the idolatry of his compatriots, and of giving to the supreme deity Allah another title, Ar-Rahman, "the merciful one". The Meccans, however, seem to have taken these for the names of separate deities, and the name is abandoned in the later chapters.

In the Suras of the second Meccan period we first find the long stories of the prophets of olden times, especial stress being laid upon the punishment which fell upon their contemporaries for disbelief, the moral is always the same, namely, that Mohammed came under precisely similar circumstances, and that a denial of the truth of his mission would bring on his fellow-citizens the self-same retribution. They also show the transition stage between the intense and poetical enthusiasm of the early Meccan chapters and the calm teaching of the later Medinah ones. This change is gradual, and even in the later and most prosaic we find occasionally passages in which the old prophetic fire flashes out once more. The three periods are again marked by the oaths which occur throughout the Koran. In the first period they are all frequent and often long, the whole powers of nature being invoked to bear witness to the unity of God and the mission of His Apostle; in the second period they are shorter and of rarer occurrence; in the last period they are absent altogether.

To understand the Medinah Suras we must bear in mind Mohammed's position with respect to the various parties in that city. In Mecca he had been a prophet with little honour in his own country, looked on by some as a madman, and by others as an impostor, both equally grievous to him, while his following consisted of the poorest and meanest of his fellow townsmen. His own clansmen, for the reason that they were his clansmen and for no other, resented the affronts against him. In Medinah he appears as a military leader and a prince, though as yet possessing far from absolute authority. Around in the city were, first, the true believers who had fled with him El Muhagerin; next, the inhabitants of Yathrib, who had joined him and who were called El Ansar, "the helpers"; and lastly, a large class who are spoken of by the uncomplimentary name of Munafiqun or "hypocrites", consisting of those who went over to his side from fear or compulsion, and lastly those "in whose heart is sickness", who, though believing in him, were prevented by tribal or family ties from going over to him openly. Abdallah ibn Ubai was a chief whose influence operated strongly against Mohammed, and the latter was obliged to treat him for a long time almost as an equal, even after he had lost his political power.

The other party at Medinah was composed of the Jewish tribes settled in and around the city of Yathrib. The Jews were at first looked to as the most natural and likely supporters of the new religion, which was to confirm their own. These various parties together with the pagan Arabs of Mecca and the Christians are the persons with whom the Medinah Suras chiefly deal. The style of the Medinah Suras resembles that of the third period of the Meccan revelations, the more matter-of-fact nature of the incidents related or the precepts given amounting in a great measure for the more prosaic language in which they are expressed.

The other party at Ivledinah was composed of the Jewish tribes settled in and around the city of Tathrib. The Jews were at first looked to as the most natural and likely supporters of the new religion, which was to confirm their own. These various parties together with the pagan Arabs of Mecca and the Christians are the persons with whom the Medinah Suras chiefly deal. The style of the Medinah Suras resembles that of the third period of the Meccan revelations, the more matter-of-fact nature of the incidents related or the precepts given accounting in a great measure for the more prosaic language in which they are expressed. In the Medinah Suras the prophet is no longer trying to convert his hearers by examples, promises, and warnings; he addresses them as their prince in general, praising them or blaming them for their conduct, and giving them laws and precepts as occasion required. (The Qur'an in "Sacred Books of the East", I, Oxford, 1880, pp. LXI, LXII, and LXIII).

SOURCES

The sources of the Koran be reduced to six:

  • The Old Testament (canonical and apocryphal ) and the hybrid Judaism of the late rabbinical schools. During Mohammed's time the Jews were numerous in many parts of Arabia, especially around Medina. Familiarity with them is undoubtly responsible for many Old Testament stories alluded to in Koran. Later Judaism and Rabbinism are equally well represented (Geiger, "Was hat Mohammed aus dem Judenthum aufgenommen?", Wiesbaden, 1833; tr. "Judaism and Islam", Madras, 1898).
  • The New Testament (canonical and apocryphal ) and various heretical doctrines. On his journeys between Syria, Hijaz, and Yemen, Mohammed had every opportunity to come in close touch with Yemenite, Abyssinian, Ghassanite, and Syrian Christians, especially heretic. Hence, while the influence of orthodox Christianity upon the Koran has been slight, apocryphal and heretical Christian legends, on the other hand, are one of the original sources of Koranic faith. (See Muir, op. cit. infra, 66-239; Tisdall, "The Original Sources of the Qur'an", London, 1905, 55-211.)
  • Sabaism, a combination of Judaism, Manicheism, and old disfigured Babylonian heathenism.
  • Zoroastrianism. On account of Persia's political influence in the north-eastern part of Arabia, it is natural to find Zoroastrian elements in the Koran.
  • Hanifism, the adherents of which, called Hanifs, must have been considerable in number and influence, as it is known from contemporary Arabian sources that twelve of Mohammed's followers were members of this sect.
  • Native ancient and contemporary Arabian heathen beliefs and practices. Wellhausen has collected in his "Reste des arabischen Heidentums" (Berlin, 1897) all that is known of pre-Islamic Arabian heathen belief, traditions, customs, and superstitions, many of which are either alluded to or accepted and incorporated in the Koran. From the various sects and creeds, and Abul-Fida, the well-known historian and geographer of the twelfth century, it is clear that religious beliefs and practices of the Arabs of Mohammed's day form one of the many sources of Islam. From this heathen source Islam derived the practices of polygamy and slavery, which Mohammed sanctioned by adopting them.

AUTHORSHIP, COMPILATION

It is generally admitted that the Koran is substantially the work of Mohammed. According to the traditionalists, it contains the pure revelation he could neither read nor write, but that immediately afterwards he could do both; others believe that even before the revelation he could read and write; while others, again, deny that he could ever do so. Thus it is uncertain whether any of the suras were written down by the Prophet himself or all delivered by him orally and afterwards writen down by others from memory.

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The Koran is written in Arabic, in rhymed prose, the style differing considerably in the various suras, according to the various periods of the Prophet's life. The language is universally acknowledged to be the most perfect form of Arab speech, and soon became the standard by which other Arabic literary compositions had to be judged — grammarians, lexirographers, and rhetoricians presuming that the Koran, being the word of God, could not be wrong or imperfect.

Mohammed's hearers began by trusting their memories to retain the words of the revelation they had received from him. Later, those who could write traced them in ancient characters on palm leaves, tanned hides, or dry bones. After the Prophet's death all these fragments were collected. Zaid ibn Thabit, Mohammed's disciple, was charged by Abu Bekr, the caliph, to collect all that could be discovered of the sacred text in one volume. The chapters were then arranged according to their length and without regard to historical sequence. The revision made twenty years later affected details of language of the text.

The best and most accessible edition of the Koran is that of Flugel, "Al-Qoran: Corani textus Arabicus" (Leipzig, 1834 and since). Maracci's famous Latin translation of the Koran, with a refutation and commentary, is still unique and useful: "Alcorani textus universus" (Padua, 1698). The standard English versions are those of Sale (London, 1734) with a still useful introductory essay; Rodwel (London, 1861), arranged in chronological order; and Palmer in "Sacred Books of the East" (Oxford, l880).

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Kickham, Charles Joseph

Charles Joseph Kickham

Patriot, novelist, and poet, b. at Mullinahone, Co. Tipperary, Ireland, 1828; d. at Blackrock, Co. ...
Kielce

Kielce

(Russian K IELTZY ; Latin K IELCENSIS ) Diocese in the sourthern part of Russian Poland, ...
Kieran, Saints

Saints Kieran

There are many Irish saints of this name, but the most celebrated is St. Kieran of Clonmacnoise ...
Kildare and Leighlin

Kildare and Leighlin

(KILDARENSIS ET LEIGHLINENSIS) One of the four suffragans of Dublin, Ireland. These two ...
Kildare, School of

School of Kildare

Kildare (Irish: Cill-Dara ), originally known as Druim Criaidh , or the Ridge of Clay, ...
Kilian, Saint

St. Kilian

(Killena, Cillíne). Apostle of Franconia and martyr, born about 640 of noble parents ...
Killala

Killala

(ALLADENSIS). Diocese. It is one of the five suffragan sees of the ecclesiastical Province ...
Killaloe

Killaloe

(LAONIA) A suffragan diocese of Cashel ; it comprises the greater part of County Clare, a ...
Kilmore

Kilmore

(KILMORENSIS) Diocese in Ireland, includes almost all Cavan and about half of Leitrim. It ...
Kilwardby, Robert

Robert Kilwardby

Archbishop of Canterbury, Cardinal-Bishop of Porto and Santa Rufina ; died at Viterbo, 11 ...
Kilwinning, Benedictine Abbey of

Benedictine Abbey of Kilwinning

Located in Ayrshire, Scotland, in the town of the same name, where a church was said to have been ...
Kimberley

Kimberley

(KIMBERLIENSIS) Vicariate apostolic ; suffragan of Adelaide, erected by Leo XIII , 5 May, ...
Kimberley in Orange

Kimberley in Orange

(KYMBERLEYENSIS IN ORANGIA). The portion of South Africa which at the present day forms the ...
Kingdom of God

Kingdom of God

(In Matthew, generally, Kingdom of Heaven ). In this expression the innermost teaching of the ...
Kingisel

Kingisel

The name of two abbots who ruled Glastonbury in the seventh and eighth centuries respectively. ...
Kings

Magi

(Plural of Latin magus ; Greek magoi ). The "wise men from the East" who came to adore ...
Kings, Chronology of the

Chronology of the Kings

First, we append a table in which the data of the Bible are put together. For the kings of Juda, ...
Kings, First and Second Books of

First and Second Samuel

(Also know as the F IRST AND S ECOND B OOKS OF S AMUEL. For the First and Second Books of ...
Kings, Third and Fourth Books of

Third and Fourth Books of Kings

The historical book called in the Hebrew Melakhim, i.e. Kings, is in the Vulgate, in imitation ...
Kingston

Kingston

(KINGSTONIENSIS or REGIOPOLITANA) The Archdiocese of Kingston comprises the territory from the ...
Kinloss

Kinloss

(Gaelic ceann-loch , "head of the loch"). Cistercian abbey on the coast of Morayshire, ...
Kino, Eusebius

Eusebius Kino

A famous Jesuit missionary of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries; b. 10 August, 1644, in ...
Kiowa Indians

Kiowa Indians

(Pronounced Kai-o-wa , Latin spelling. Spanish form: Caygua ; Comanche form: Kaiwa , from ...
Kirby, Blessed Luke

Blessed William Filby

Blessed William Filby Born in Oxfordshire between 1557 and 1560; suffered at Tyburn, 30 May, ...
Kircher, Athanasius

Athanasius Kircher

Celebrated for the versatility of his knowledge and particularly distinguished for his ...
Kirkwall

Kirkwall

A parish, also a royal and parliamentary burgh and chief or county town of Orkney, in the north ...
Kisfaludy

Kisfaludy

Sándor Kisfaludy Born at Suemeg, Hungary, 27 Sept., 1772; died at Suemeg, 28 October, ...
Kiss

Kiss

Four times in the Epistles of St. Paul we meet the injunction, used as a sort of formula of ...
Klaczko, Julian

Julian Klaczko

Polish author, b. at Vilna, 6 November, 1825, of Jewish parents ; d. at Cracow, 26 November, ...
Klee, Heinrich

Heinrich Klee

German theologian and exegete, b. at Münstermaifeld, in the Rhine province, 20 April, ...
Klesl, Melchior

Melchior Klesl

A cardinal and Austrian statesman, b. at Vienna, 19 February, 1552; d. at Wiener-Neustadt, 18 ...
Kleutgen, Josef Wilhelm Karl

Josef Wilhelm Karl Kleutgen

German theologian and philosopher, b. at Dortmund, Westphalia, 9 April, 1811; d. at St. Anton ...
Klinkowström

Klinkowstrom

Friedrich August von Klinkowström Artist, author and teacher; b. at Ludwigsburg in Swedish ...
Klopp, Onno

Onno Klopp

Historian, b. on 9 October, 1822, at Leer (East Friesland); d. at Vienna, 9 August 1903. After ...
Knabl, Joseph

Joseph Knabl

A master of religious plastic art, b. at Fliess, Tyrol, in 1819; d. at Munich in 1881. He was ...
Kneeling

Kneeling and Genuflection

To genuflect [ Latin genu flectere , geniculare (post-classic), to bend the knee; Greek ...
Kneipp, Sebastian

Sebastian Kneipp

Bavarian priest and hydrotherapist, b. at Stephansreid, Bavaria, 17 May, 1821; d. at ...
Knight, Venerable William

Ven. William Knight

Put to death for the Faith at York, on 29 November, 1596; with him also suffered Venerables ...
Knighthood

Chivalry

Chivalry (derived through the French cheval from the Latin caballus ) as an institution is ...
Knighton, Henry

Henry Knighton

(CNITTHON) A fourteenth-century chronicler. Nothing is known of his career except that he was ...
Knights of Christ, Order of the

Order of the Knights of Christ

A military order which sprang out of the famous Order of the Temple (see Knights Templars ). ...
Knights of Columbus

Knights of Columbus

A fraternal and beneficent society of Catholic men, founded in New Haven, Connecticut, 2 ...
Knights of Malta

Knights of Malta

(Also known as K NIGHTS OF M ALTA ). The most important of all the military orders, both ...
Knights of the Cross

Knights of the Cross

(Ordo Militaris Crucigerorum cum Rubea Stella.) A religious order famous in the history of ...
Knights Templars, The

The Knights Templar

The Knights Templars were the earliest founders of the military orders, and are the type on which ...
Knoblecher, Ignatius

Ignatius Knoblecher

Catholic missionary in Central Africa, born 6 July, 1819, at St. Cantian in Lower Carniola; died ...
Knoll, Albert (Joseph)

Albert Knoll

Dogmatic theologian of the Order of Friars Minor Capuchins, born at Bruneck in northern Tyrol, ...
Knowledge

Knowledge

I. Essentials of Knowledge II. Kinds of Knowledge III. The Problem of Knowledge Knowledge, ...
Knowledge of Jesus Christ

Knowledge of Jesus Christ

" Knowledge of Jesus Christ," as used in this article, does not mean a summary of what we know ...
Knownothingism

Knownothingism

This was a name applied to a movement in American politics which attracted a large share of public ...
Knox, John

John Knox

Scotch Protestant leader, b. at Haddington, Scotland, between 1505 and 1515; d. at Edinburgh, ...
Kober, Franz Quirin von

Franz Quirin von Kober

German canonist and pedagogist, b. of simple countryfolk on 6 March, 1821, at Warthausen, ...
Koberger, Anthony

Anthony Koberger

(KOBURGER, COBERGER). German printer, publisher, and bookseller, b. about 1445; d. at ...
Kobler, Andreas

Andreas Kobler

An historian, b. at Muhldorf in Bavaria, 22 June, 1816; d. at Klagenfurt, 15 November, 1892. He ...
Kochanowski, Jan

Jan Kochanowski

Born at Sycyna, 1530, died at Lublin, 22 August, 1584. He was inscribed in 1544 as a student in ...
Kochowski, Vespasian

Vespasian Kochowski

Born at Sandomir ?, 1633; died at Krakow, 1699. He received his education at the Jesuit ...
Kohlmann, Anthony

Antony Kohlmann

Educator and missionary, b. 13 July, 1771, at Kaiserberg, Alsace; d. at Rome, 11 April, 1836. He ...
Koller, Marian Wolfgang

Marian Wolfgang Koller

Scientist and educator, b. at Feistritz in Carniola, Austria, 31 October, 1792; d. of cholera at ...
Konarski, Stanislaus

Stanislaus Konarski

Born in 1700; died in 1773. This great reformer of Polish schools was a Piarist who, during a ...
Konings, Anthony

Anthony Konings

Born at Helmond, Diocese of Bois-1e-Duc, Holland, 24 August, 1821; died 30 June, 1884. After a ...
Konrad ("der Pfaffe")

Konrad (Der Pfaffe)

Surnamed DER PFAFFE ("The Priest"). A German epic poet of the twelfth century, author of the ...
Konrad of Lichtenau

Konrad of Lichtenau

A medieval German chronicler, d. at Ursperg, in the year 1240. He descended from a noble Swabian ...
Konrad of Megenberg

Konrad of Megenberg

(KUNRAT). Scholar and writer, b. probably at Mainberg, near Schweinfurt, Bavaria, 2 February, ...
Konrad of Würzburg

Konrad of Wurzburg

A Middle High German poet, b. about 1230; d. at Basle, 1287. He was the most important of the ...
Konsag, Ferdinand

Ferdinand Konsag

A German missionary of the eighteenth century, b. 2 December, 1703, at Warasdin, Croatia ; d. 10 ...
Koran, The

Koran

The sacred book of the Muslims, by whom it is regarded as the revelation of God. Supplemented by ...
Kosciuszko, Tadeusz

Tadeusz Kosciuszko

Polish patriot and soldier, b. near Novogrudok, Lithuania, Poland, 12 February, 1746; d. at ...
Kostka, Saint Stanislas

St. Stanislas Kostka

Born at Rostkovo near Prasnysz, Poland, about 28 October, 1550; died at Rome during the night of ...
Kottayam, Vicariate Apostolic of

Vicariate Apostolic of Kottayam

Located on the Malabar Coast, India. This vicariate forms part of the territory of the ancient ...
Kozmian, Stanislaus and John

Stanislaus and John Kozmian

Two brothers who took part in the Polish insurrection of 1831, and subsequently fled the country. ...
Krämer, John

John Kramer

(Also called INSTITOR, the Latin form of his name). Born about the end of the fourteenth ...
Krafft, Adam

Adam Krafft

Sculptor, b. about 1440 at Nuremberg ; d. Jan., 1509 at Schwabach. He carved at Nuremberg the ...
Krain

Krain

(Or CARNIOLA; Slov. KRANJSKO) A duchy and crownland in the Austrian Empire, bounded on the ...
Krasicki, Ignatius

Ignatius Krasicki

Born in 1735; died at Berlin, 1801. He took orders in early youth, and soon after became a canon, ...
Krasinski, Sigismund

Sigismund Krasinski

Count, son of a Polish general, b. at Paris, 19 Feb., 1812; d. there, 23 Feb., 1859. He lost his ...
Kraus, Franz Xaver

Franz Xaver Kraus

An ecclesiastical and art historian, b. at Trier, 18 September, 1840; d. at San Remo, 28 ...
Kreil, Karl

Karl Kreil

Austrian meteorologist and astronomer, b. at Ried, Upper Austria, 4 Nov., 1798; d. at Vienna, 21 ...
Kreiten, William

William Kreiten

Literary critic and poet, b. 21 June, 1847, at Gangelt near Aschen; d. 6 June, 1902, at Kerkrade ...
Kremsmünster

Kremsmunster

A Benedictine abbey in Austria, on the little river Krems, about twenty miles south of Linz, ...
Kromer, Martin

Martin Kromer

A distinguished Polish bishop and historian; b. at Biecz in Galicia in 1512; d. at Heilsberg, ...
Krzycki, Andrew

Andrew Krzycki

Date of birth uncertain; d. in 1535. — A typical humanistic poet, a most supple courtier ...
Kuhn, Johannes von

Johannes von Kuhn

Theologian, b. at Waeschenbeuren in Wuertemberg, 19 Feb., 1806; d. at Tübingen, 8 May, 1887. ...
Kulturkampf

Kulturkampf

The name given to the political struggle for the rights and self-government of the Catholic ...
Kumbakonam

Kumbakonam

(KUMBAKONENSIS). Kumbakonam, signifying in English the "Jug's Corner," is a town of 60,000 ...
Kuncevyc, Saint Josaphat

St. Josaphat Kuncevyc

Martyr, born in the little town of Volodymyr in Lithuania (Volyn) in 1580 or -- according to ...
Kutenai Indians

Kutenai Indians

An important tribe of south-eastern British Columbia and the adjacent portions of Montana and ...
Kwang-si

Kwangi-Si

(Prefecture Apostolic) The mission of Kwang-si comprises the entire province of that name. As ...
Kwang-tung

Kwang-Tung

(Prefecture Apostolic) This prefecture comprises the whole province of that name except the ...
Kwango

Kwango

(Prefecture Apostolic) Kwango is the name of a river which flows into the Kassai, which itself ...
Kwei-chou

Kwei-Chou

(Vicariate Apostolic) The mission of Kwei-chou embraces the entire province of that name. The ...
Kyrie Eleison

Kyrie Eleison

Kyrie Eleison (Greek for "Lord have mercy"; the Latin transliteration supposes a pronunciation as ...

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