With the Arabs in Tent and Town by Archibald Forder

Archibald Forder [1863-1934], With the Arabs in Tent and Town. An Account of Missionary Work, Life and Experiences in Moab and Edom and the First Missionary Journey into Arabia from the North, 3rd edn.

This is Archibald Forder’s own account of his work amongst the Bedouin people in Moab, Edom and Arabia. My thanks to Redcliffe College for providing a copy of this public domain title for digtisation.

Archibald Forder [1863-1934], With the Arabs in Tent and Town. An Account of Missionary Work, Life and Experiences in Moab and Edom and the First Missionary Journey into Arabia from the North, 3rd edn. London: Marshall Brothers, [1902]. Hbk. pp.241. [Click to visit the Archibald Forder page for the download link for this title]


  • Preface
  • Introduction
  1. Early Life and Leading
  2. Life and Work in Kerak
  3. From Moab to the Entrance into Arabia
  4. Leaving for the Jowf. To the Edge of the Desert
  5. From Orman to Kaf and Ithera
  6. What Happened at Ithera, and the Desert Journey to Jowf
  7. Arrival at the Jowf, with an Account of All that Befell Me There
  8. The Climax at the Jowf and Return to Jerusalem
  9. Danger and Deliverances
  10. Religion and Customs of the Arabs
  11. Discouragements Versus Encouragements and Otherwise

Chapter 1. Early Life and Leading

August, 1874, the quiet town of Salisbury, Wilts, was visited by the late Robert Moffat, the veteran pioneer of African missions. Hundreds flocked to hear the grand old man as he told out in simple boldness the remarkable story of his life and some of his thrilling experiences during his missionary career. Among others in that vast audience that evening was the writer, then a lad of eight years of age, who had been led by a boyish spirit of curiosity to attend the meeting. He was the son of godly parents, of that town, and was then but a schoolboy. One result of that gathering was, that the missionary fire was kindled in that lad’s heart never to be put out, although sometimes damped. Outwardly there was nothing that would even encourage the thought of ever becoming a missionary, but Psalm xxxvii, 4 and 5…

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History of the Church Missionary Society by Eugene Stock – 4 Vols

Eugene Stock [1836-1928], The History of the Church Missionary Society. Its Environment, Its Men and Its Work, 4 Vols. Eugene Stock’s comprehensive History of the Church Missionary Society runs to 2,740 pages and 4 Volumes. My thanks to the Cambridge Centre for Christianity Worldwide for providing a set of these volumes to scan. These titles are in the pubic domain.

Eugene Stock [1836-1928], The History of the Church Missionary Society. Its Environment, Its Men and Its Work, 4 Vols. London: Church Missionary Society, 1899-1916. Hbk. pp.504 + 659 + 912 + 665. [Click to visit the download page for this set]

Table of Contents, Volumes 1-3

  • Preface
  • Author’s Preface
  • Outline of the Work
  1. The Great Commission
  2. Missions Before the Reformation
  3. Missions After the Reformation
  4. The Eighteenth Century and the Evangelical Revival
  5. Africa and the East – Waiting
  6. The Missionary Awakening
  7. The New Society and its Early Struggles
  8. The First Missionaries
  9. Africa and India: Struggle and Victory
  10. Forward Steps
  11. Rousing the Country: The Associations
  12. C.M.S. and Other Societies
  13. Sierra Leone: The White Man’s Grave; The Black Man’s Life
  14. The Finished Course
  15. India: Entering the Opened Door
  16. Insular Missions: New Zealand, Ceylon, West India, Malta
  17. The Eastern Churches: Reports for their Revival
  18. The Outlook After Twenty-Five Years
  19. The Personnel of the Period
  20. The Environment of the Period
  21. India: Changes and Development
  22. India: Progress of the Missions
  23. The Negro on Both SIdes the Atlantic, Enslaved and Free
  24. Greek, Copt, Abyssinian, Zulu, Maori, Australian, Cree
  25. Henry Venn; And Survey of Men and Things
  26. The Society and the Church
  27. The Colonial and Missionary Episcopate
  28. New Zealand: The Bishop, the Colony, and the Mission
  29. New Enterprises in Africa: Niger Expedition, Yoruba Mission East Coast
  30. The Opening of China
  31. The Society’s Finances
  32. The Jubilee
  33. The Environment: Church Developments – Anglican
  34. The Environment: Church Developments – Evangelical
  35. The Society at Home
  36. Some Recruits from the Universities
  37. Islington College and its Men
  38. Church Organization: The Church of New Zealand
  39. West Africa: Three Missions and Three Bishops
  40. East Africa: The Missionaries and the Explorers
  41. Jerusalem and Constantinople: Jew, Turk, Christian
  42. India Under Dalhouse; and the Missions in the North
  43. India: The Missions in the South
  44. India: The Punjab – For England and For Christ
  45. India: The Mutiny – Its Victims and its Lessons
  46. India: The Great Controversy – Neutrality or Christianity?
  47. India: Missions After the Mutiny
  48. Ceylon’s Isle
  49. China: In Time of War and Tumults
  50. The Great Lone Land
  51. An Anxious Period: In the Society, and in the Church
  52. The Period: More Church Developments
  53. Salisbury Square
  54. Candidates of the Period
  55. The Native Churches: Self-supporting, Self-governing, Self-extending
  56. Ebb-Tide in Africa
  57. The Niger and its Black Bishop
  58. The Islands: Mauritius and Madagascar
  59. India: Rulers and Bishops of the Period
  60. India: Babus, Brahmos, Borderers
  61. India: Agencies Evangelistic and Pastoral
  62. India: Death and Life
  63. India: A Flag for Christ in the Punjab
  64. China: New Mission and Old
  65. The Land of the Rising Sun
  66. Lands of the Utmost West: Manitoba; Metlakahtla
  67. New Zealand: War, Apostasy, Fidelity
  68. Henry Venn’s Latter Days
  69. The Environment: Church Movements
  70. The Environment: Evangelistic and Spiritual Movements
  71. The Society: Missions, Men, Money
  72. The Society: Home Influence and Organization
  73. Africa: The Flowing Tide Again: Ilala – and After
  74. Uganda: The Call and the Response
  75. The Crescent and the Cross: Missions in Mohammedan Lands
  76. India: Dioceses of Calcutta and Bombay
  77. India: Diocese of Lahore
  78. India: Diocese of Madras
  79. India: The Hill Tribes
  80. India and Ceylon: The Bishops and the Society
  81. The Far East: Advance in China and Japan
  82. The Far West: The Church among the Red Indians
  83. The Epoch of 1880-82
  84. The Environment: Ecclesiastical, Controversial, Spiritual
  85. The Society A New Era of Progress
  86. Three Memorable Years. 1885, 1886, 1887
  87. Controversies Within and Attack from Without
  88. Recruits of the Period: Men and Women
  89. High Hopes and Sore Sorrows: West Africa and the Niger
  90. High Hopes and Sore Sorrows: East Africa and Uganda
  91. British East India; The Company, The Government, and the Missions
  92. India: The Men and their Work
  93. India: Some Features, Episodes, Incidents, and Controversies of the Period
  94. Lands of Islam: Egypt, Palestine, Arabia, Persia
  95. In the Indian and Southern Oceans: Ceylon, Mauritius, New Zealand
  96. China: Onward, Inward, – and Upward
  97. Japan: The Nation, the Mission, the Church
  98. The Red Indian Missions: Patterns of Zeal and Triumphs of Grace
  99. Missions at Congresses and Conferences
  100. Seven Years of the Policy of Faith
  101. The Church, the Society and the Cause
  102. The Society: Candidates, Controbutions, and the Three Years’ Enterprise
  103. The Four Years Abroad: Africa
  104. The Four Years Abroad: Asia
  105. In Memoriam
  106. Repice, Circumspice, Prospice

My Four Years in Turkish Prisons by Archibald Forder

David's Tower, Jerusalem, close to the Jaffa Gate, where Mr Archibald Forder Was first imprisoned

In this exclusive article Mr. Forder tells the readers of THE SUNDAY AT HOME, to whom his work as a missionary in Palestine for twenty-five years is well known, the remarkable story of his terrible experiences during the war-a story in which His Majesty the King recently showed a deep and sympathetic interest. Our readers will remember that before the war Mr. Forder was known as one of the greatest living authorities on Palestine, and especially on work among the Bedouins. – The Editor

Archibald Forder [1863-1934], “My Four Years in Turkish Prisons,” Sunday at Home (1919-1920): 265-271. [Download complete article in PDF]

The book referred to in this article In Brigands Hands is already available on-line here. I will endeavour to locate and publish more of his articles in Sunday at Home.

When last I wrote an article for THE SUNDAY AT HOME, I little dreamed that I should ever have such a story to tell as that which I now sit down to write. My pen travels slowly. It is not merely that my hand is paralysed. My heart is almost too full for words. I feel I must confine myself to the simple facts of my imprisonment and of my release. I will tell the story as simply as I can.

When the war broke out, we who were working in Palestine had no idea that Turkey would be involved. Many missionaries left the country by order of their committees. We who were independent preferred to remain. Every week we were assured that we were safe. Suddenly came the news that Turkey had entered the war, and many residents in Jerusalem found to their dismay that they were detained. [Continue reading]