SOAS University of London

Department of Religions and Philosophies

Syriac Texts on Christians and Muslims

Module Code:
Unit value:
Year of study:
Year 2, Year 3 or Year 4
Taught in:
Full Year

After introducing the scripts of Syriac, the main thrust of the lectures will be to acquaint students with the essentials of grammar.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

Mastery of all tools needed for tackling Syriac texts. Experience of reading moderately difficult Syriac texts. Outcome: a level of Syriac sufficient to start reading difficult texts.

Method of assessment

Four short exercises which are 25% each (100%)

Suggested reading

  • W. Robinson, Paradigms and Exercises in Syriac Grammar, Oxford (1923).
  • W. Thackston, Introduction to Syriac. An Elementary Grammar with Readings in Syriac, Harvard (1992).


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