Murkos, G. A.

An Orthodox Syrian, Murkos was one of only two Arabs to attain a professorship in Imperial Russia; educated first in Constantinople, he mastered Russian and become a Professor of Eastern Languages at the Lazarevskii Institute. He became politicized against Greek dominance of the Bulgarian Church, and also began to raise issues about the Koran; the Russian government toned him down, and he did well in academics, active in the eastern branch of the IMAO and translating an annotating his magnum opus, five volumes on as a translation and commentaries on travel account of the journey of patriarch of Antioch Makarius to the Moscow state (1652–1659).