HMML & Syriac Manuscripts
This exhibition introduces the Syriac language and some of the many cultures that have used Syriac and its related dialects in their religious and private lives.
HMML microfilmed a few Syriac manuscripts in European libraries in the 1960s, but with the launch of digitization initiatives with Eastern Christian churches in 2003, Syriac became a core component of HMML’s preservation work. Libraries in Lebanon, Syria, Turkey, Iraq, and then India have contributed thousands of Syriac manuscripts to HMML’s digital archive.
The result is a collection of more than 13,500 manuscripts in Syriac and Garshuni (Arabic written in Syriac script), more than four times the total number of Syriac manuscripts available to scholars in the great libraries of Europe and North America.
HMML also recently hosted a Syriac Summer School with Dumbarton Oaks, an intensive four-week introduction to Syriac language and paleography. Plus, you can learn more about the Syriac language - and try some paleography lessons - on vHMML School.
Digitizing Syriac manuscripts
The Syriac Language
Discovering Syriac in Europe
Giuseppe Simone Assemani
The Spread of Syriac
Syriac Church Literature