Bibliographical Tools

 Centers for Syriac Studies

Individual Scholars’ Websites (with helpful bibliographies)

Important Library Collections

Manuscripts Available Online

  • Archimedes Palimpsest
  • Syriac manuscripts from St Catherine’s Monastery in the Sinai: NB: Arabic, Georgian, and Greek mss from St Catherine’s are also available. These were all manuscripts which were microfilmed during the Library of Congress’s expedition to the Sinai in the middle of the twentieth century.
  • The Schoyen Collection also has a number of mss from St Catherine’s.  
  • Manuscripts from St Mark’s Syrian Orthodox Monastery in Jerusalem
  • Syriac manuscripts from the Mingana Collection in Birmingham, England. Christian Arabic and other manuscripts are also available.
  • Yale has placed some Syriac manuscripts online.
  • The British Library has digitized a few Syriac manuscripts.
  • One can view the Met’s Syriac mss collections here
  • Incantation bowls in the British Museum can also be seen.
  • One can also find the odd Syriac ms online at the BNF.
  • Steven Ring has a site which has collected various Syriac manuscripts available online.
  • BYU has digitized a number of important manuscripts in the Vatican and a DVD with these mss on them can be purchased at a reasonable cost.
  • Index of Medieval Medical Images
  • It’s not in Syriac, but how can you not love Codex Sinaiticus
  • e-Corpus 
  • If you read an article by Arthur Voobus and he cites a manuscript which he has seen and/or photographed in a Middle Eastern collection and need to see it, you can do one of several things.  If the collection is in Turkey, there is a good change that HMML has digitized it and you can contact them.  Alternatively, the Oriental Institute in Chicago is attempting to inventory and sort through the huge number of manuscript photos that Voobus left behind when he passed away.  The work is enormous and there’s a good chance that they have not yet inventoried the ms you would like to see, but you can contact Stuart Creason, who is in charge of the mss and you may get lucky.
  • Many of the Vatican Syriac Manuscripts have been digitized here (either in the Vat.sir. collection or in the Borg.sir. collection). 

Related Resources

  • Biographisch-Bibliographisches Kirchenlexicon
  • Princeton has put a number of its Islamic manuscripts online.
  • The Princeton Geniza Project has a searchable database of documentary texts from the Geniza. An invaluable resource for work in Middle Arabic.
  • Vienna Arabic papyri
  • The Quran online
  • Fluegel’s edition of the Quran
    • Many old Orientalist works will cite the Quran according to Fluegel’s versification rather than according to the versification found in the 1925 Cairo edition, which has become the de facto standard Quran for much of the world.
    • Fluegel’s concordance to the Quran.
    • Fluegel’s edition of the Kashf al-Zunun. Volume 1; Volume 2Volume 3.
    • Fluegel’s edition of the Fihrist of Ibn al-Nadim.
  • Bedrossian’s Armenian-English Dictionary: The standard Armenian dictionary for English speakers. 
  • Socino Translation of the Talmud
  • Prosopography of the Byzantine World
  • Al-Warraq: An Arabic site that allows you to do TLG-style searches of large amounts of classical Arabic literature. This is just one example of a number of similar Arabic sites.
  • Wikipedia in Arabic can often be an extremely useful resource: for entries on medieval figures, editors will often cut and paste information from medieval sources on these individuals and thus a particular entry can be a digest of sorts of a number of different medieval works.