SOAS University of London

Department of Religions & Philosophies, School of History, Religions & Philosophies

Syriac for Beginners

Module Code:
Module Not Running 2022/23
1 unit (30 credits)
Year of study:
Year 2, Year 3 or Year 4

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

  • AS1 - 20%
  • AS2 - 10%
  • AS3 - 20%
  • One exam - 50% (final assessment)

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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