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Near East Collections Curator

James Weinberger
Firestone B-15-P

Tel: (609) 258 3279

Special Collections Assistant (Near East)

Kim Leaman
Firestone B-5-J

Tel: (609) 258 5307



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BALA26: Syriac Byzantine Rite Euchologion. Manuscript on paper, early 17th Century. Monastery of Our Lady of Balamand, Lebanon, MS. 31. Photo: Hill Museum & Manuscript Library.

Syriac studies is the study of Syriac language and Syriac Christianity. A specialist in Syriac studies is known as a Syriacist. Specifically, British, French, and German scholars of the 18th and 19th centuries who were involved in the study of Syriac/Aramaic language and literature were commonly known by this designation, at a time when Syriac was little understood outside Assyrian/Syriac communities. In Germany the field of study is distinguished between Aramaistik(Aramaic studies) und Neuaramaistik (Syriac studies).

At universities Syriac studies are mostly incorporated into a more general field of studies, such as Eastern Christianity,  Aramaic studies, Eastern Christianity, or Semitic Studies . Most students learn the Syriac language within a biblical studies program.

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