ChristChurch, Oxford


Thursday March 15 Friday March 16
Community Boundaries in the Middle East

Heleen Murre-van den Berg, ‘The Book of the Garden (ktābā d-gantā aw d-luqqāṭē) – a late sixteenth century witness to the early phases of catholicization of the Church of the East 

Lucy Parker –  The interconnected histories of the Syriac Churches


Syriac Christianity in India

István Perczel: The European as the Other: Sixteenth-century Indian Christian testimonies on the arrival and activity of the Portuguese in South India

Radu Mustaţă: Liturgical poetry among the Saint Thomas Christians in the aftermath of the Synod of Diamper (1599): The case of the ‘canticles of glorification’


Scribes, Authors and Scholars

David Taylor: Maphrian Basilios Shem‘un on Purgatory: Syrian Orthodox responses to Catholic theology in the early eighteenth century.

Hidemi Takahashi: On Some Syriac Scribes and Scholars of the Early Modern Period: Readers and Copyists of Barhebraeus’ Works

Syriac Christianity and Islam

Sergey Minov: The Marvels Found in the Great Cities, Seas and Islands: Appropriation of a Muslim Literary Genre by Syriac-Speaking Christians

Ephrem Ishac: Syriac Liturgy in the Sixteenth Century



Syriac Scholarship in Europe: Part I

Philip Forness: Scholarship on Syriac Christianity and Cultural Exchange in Early Modern Europe

Joanna Weinberg: A Jew reads the Gospels in Syriac: Azariah de’ Rossi’s critique of the Vulgate (1577)

Texts Beyond Manuscripts

Erica Hunter: Syriac Amulets: Vernacular Traditions of the Christian Communities in Hakkari

Colin Clarke: Syriac Epigraphic Metrical Poetry: Origins and Expressions in Stone

Syriac Scholarship in Europe: Part II

Theo Dunkelgrün, [Syriac Studies in the Low Countries, from 1560s Antwerp to 1620s Leiden]

András Mércz: The Syriac Correspondence of Moses of Mardin

Syriac in the Early Modern World

George Kiraz: The Patriarchate of Antioch in the Early Modern World

John Paul-Ghobrial: Closing remarks, opening of round table