Name of creator(s): Anderson, Norman (1908-1994)
Administrative/Biographical history: Sir Norman Anderson was born on 29 September 1908 at Aldeburgh, Suffolk. He graduated with a double first in law from Cambridge University and becoming a member of CICCU (Cambridge Inter-Collegiate Christian Union). After leaving Cambridge, he spent time with the Nile Mission Press in Cairo before serving with the Egypt General Mission where he necame fluent in Arabic and began his lie-long study of Islam and Islamic law. He was commissioned into the Intelligence Corps in the Second World War, eventually becoming Political Secretary for Arab Affairs in the Foreign Office in London advising on post-war developments in Arabia. In 1946 he returned to Cambridge as warden of Tyndale House. After three years he moved to the School of Oriental and African Studies of the University of London, as lecturer in Islamic Law, becoming the first Professor of Oriental Laws in 1954. For the next thirty years he published over sixty articles and books concerning the Islamic law code, During this time he also served as part-time Director of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies in London. In 1970 he was elected the first Chairman of the House of Laity of the General Synod of the Church of England. He was awarded an OBE in 1945, was appointed a QC in 1974 and was knighted in 1975. He died on December 1994.
Immediate source of acquisition: The collection was donated to the Henry Martyn Centre by John Trapnell in 1995.
CONTENT AND STRUCTURE
Scope and content/abstract: Collection consists chiefly of booklets and pamphlets relating to the Egypt General Mission, 1898-1944, Christianity and mission and Islam. Writers include Anderson himself, Samuel Zwemer, Reverend John Stott and the Right Reverend Lesslie Newbigin. There are also a few personal letters.
System of arrangement: The material is contained in one box, divided into four sections: personal letters, pamphlets etc. on the Egyptian General Mission, Christianity, mission and Islam.
ACCESS AND USE
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Finding aids: A handlist is available.
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Date(s) of descriptions: April 2002