Strobl, Andreas

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Missionary; b. Schwandorf (Bavaria), Jan. 23, 1703;d. Agra, March 3, 1758. He entered the Society of Jesus in 1721. At the invitation of the Sovereign of Jaipur, Jai Singh II, he traveled with Father Anthony Gabelsberger to India in 1736. He worked in 1737 at Goa and in 1740 at Jaipur, where he learned the Persian language while serving as the sovereign's teacher. After the death of the prince in 1743 he took up missionary work at Agra, moved in 1745 to Delhi, and in 1749 founded the mission of Narwar (Gwalior). In 1753 he was appointed visitor of the missions in the Mogul Empire, where he remained until his death.

Bibliography: a. strobl, Letters in Der neue Welt-Bott, ed. j. stÖcklein and f. keller, 5 v. (Augsburg-Graz-Vienna 172661) 5, nos. 641650, 806807. e. d. maclagan, The Jesuits and the Great Mogul (London 1932). r. streit and j. dindinger, Biblioteca missionum, (Freiburg 1916) 6:95, 564.

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