Syriac and its Users in the Early Modern World, c 1500 – 1750

Christ Church, Oxford

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


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 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)


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


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


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 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


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