Catalogues of Syriac manuscripts

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Catalogues of manuscripts

The essential guide is A. Desreumaux, Répertoire des bibliothèques et des catalogues de manuscrits syriaques (Paris, 1991). It is remarkable that among the important catalogues that have been published subsequently are three recently published in Baghdad (these three are essentially just handlists):

Ainkawa (Chaldean Archbishopric of Arbela); J. Isaac (in Arabic; Baghdad, 2005).

Baghdad (Chaldean Monastery): P. Haddad and J. Isaac (in Arabic; Baghdad, 1988). [This is the collection formerly of Notre Dame de Semences, Alqosh].

Baghdad (Chaldean Seminary): S. Warduni and H. Hermiz, (in Arabic; Baghdad, 1998).

Baghdad (Church of the East): K. Saliwa, (in Arabic; Baghdad, 2003).

Charfet (Lebanon): B. M. B. Sony, (in Arabic; Beirut, 1993).

Damascus, Syrian Orthodox Patriarchate: a French translation of a summary handlist (with a more detailed listing of a few select manuscripts) is published in Parole de l’Orient 19 (1994), 555-661.

Dublin, Trinity College: I. Bcheiry, Catalogue of Syriac Manuscripts in Trinity College

Dublin (Patrimoine Syriaque 5; Kaslik, 2005).

India: (1) J. P. M. van der Ploeg, The Syriac Manuscripts of St Thomas Christians (Bangalore, 1983). (2) H. Kaufhold, Syrische Handschriften juristischen Inhalts in südindischen Bibliotheken (Öst.Ak. Wiss. Wien, 1989). (See also under Kottayam).

Iraq: J. Habbi and others (ed.), Catalogue of Syriac mss in Iraq, II (in Arabic; Baghdad, 1981) [vol. I, covering Mosul, appeared in 1977]. (See also under Ainkawa and Baghdad).

Jerusalem, Greek Orthodox Patriarchate: D. A. Johnson (Longview Wa., 1987). [Without awareness of the catalogues by Chabot (1894) and its derivative by Koikylides (1998)].

Kottayam (St Ephrem Ecumenical Research Institute): F. Briquel-Chatonnet, A. Desreumaux, J. Thekeparampil, Le Muséon 110 (1997), 383-446.

Manchester, John Rylands Library: J. F. Coakley, Bulletin of the John Rylands University Library of Manchester 75:2 (1993), 105-207.

Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale: F. Briquel-Chattonet, Manuscrits syriaques [syr. 356-435] (Paris, 1997).

Qaraqosh (Irak): B. M. B. Sony (in Arabic; Baghdad, 1988).

Sinai, St Catherine’s Monastery: S. P. Brock, Catalogue of Syriac Fragments (New Finds) (Athens, 1995). (The catalogue of the main Syriac New Finds, by Mother Philothea of Sinai, is forthcoming).

Mention should also be made of the photographic publication by Mar Gregorios Y. Ibrahim, in Syriac Patrimony 8-10 (1994), of a number of detailed handwritten catalogues by Mar Filoksinos Yohanna Dolabany (died 1969), made early in the 20th century, covering St Mark’s Monastery (Jerusalem), Deir ez Za`faran (near Mardin), and smaller collections. (It should be noted that several of the Jerusalem and Mardin manuscripts are now in the Syrian Orthodox Patriarchate).


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Manuscript Catalogues


J.-M. Vosté O.P., Catalogue de la Bibliothèque syro-chaldéenne du couvent de Notre-Dame des semences près d'Alqoš (Iraq), Rome/Paris 1929.


J.-M. Vosté O.P., 'Catalogue des manuscrits syro-chaldéens conservés dans la Bibliothèque Épiscopale de cAqra (Iraq)', Orientalia Christiana Periodica V (1939), 368-406.


Julius Assfalg, Syrische Handschriften; Syrische, Karšunische, Christlich-Palästinische, Neusyrische und Mandäische Handschriften, Wiesbaden 1963 [Verzeichnis der Orientalischen Handschriften in Deutschland, Band V].


Françoise Briquel-Chatonnet, Manuscrits syriaques de la Bibliothèque nationale de France (nos 356-435, entrés depuis 1911), de la bibliothèque Méjanes d'Aix-en-Provence, de la bibliothèque municipale de Lyon et de la Bibliothèque nationale et universitaire de Strasbourg. Catalogue, Paris 1997.


Eduard Sachau, Verzeichniss der Syrischen Handschriften der Königlichen Bibliothek zu Berlin, Berlin 1899, 2 vols [Die Handschriften-Verzeichnisse der Königlichen Bibliothek zu Berlin, Dreiundzwantigster Band].


Addai Scher, 'Notice sur les manuscrits syriaques du Musée Borgia aujourd'hui à la Bibliothèque Vaticane', Journal Asiatique 13 (1909) 249-287.

C[ambridge] Oo/Add:

William Wright, A Catalogue of the Syriac Manuscripts preserved in the Library of the University of Cambridge, 2 vols., Cambridge 1901.

C[ambridge] Or:

A.E. Goodman, 'The Jenks Collection of Syriac Manuscripts in the University Library, Cambridge', Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society 1939: 595-96. [C-Or 1292 - 1344].


Addai Scher, 'Notice sur les manuscrits syriaques et arabes conservés à l'archevêché chaldéen de Diarbékir', Journal Asiatique X (1907), 331-361, 385-431.

L[ondon] Add/Or/Eg:

William Wright, Catalogue of Syriac Manuscripts in the British Museum, acquired since the year 1838, 3 vols, London 1870-2.

L[ondon] Or:

G. Margouliouth, Descriptive List of Syriac and Karshuni mss. in the British Museum, acquired since 1873, London 1899 [L-Or 1240 - 5463]. Higher numbers of L-Or are not described in published sources, but a typescript list with concise title descriptions is available [L-Or 5604 to L-Or 12073]. Numbers higher than L-Or 12073 refer to the handwritten catalogues in the library. These contain acquisitions since 1959.


Addai Scher, 'Notice des mss. syriaques et arabes conservés dans la bibliothèque de l'évêché chaldéen de Mardin', Revue des bibliothèques 18 (1908), 64-95.


A. Mingana, Catalogue of the Mingana Collection of Manuscripts, now in the possession of the Trustees of the Woodbrooke settlement, Selly Oak, Birmingham, Vol 1.: Syriac and Garshuni Manuscripts, Cambridge 1933.


Addar Scher, 'Notice sur les manuscrits syriaques conservés dans la bibliothèque du Patriarcat chaldéen de Mossoul', Revue des Bibliothèques 17 (1907), 227-260.


Syriac mss. in the Bodleian library, Oxford, in handwritten catalogue (Ms. Syr).


H. Zotenberg, Manuscrit Orientaux, Catalogues des manuscrits syriaques et sabéens (mandaïtes) de la bibliothèque nationale, Paris 1874.


Addai Scher, Catalogue des manuscrits syriaques et arabes conservés dans la bibiothèque épiscopale de Séert (Kurdistan) avec notes bibliographiques, Mossoul 1905.

Strasb[ourg]: cf. BNF. Urmia:

Oshana Saru, Catalogue of the Syriac manuscripts in the Library of the Museum Association of Oroomiah College (Qodiqos d-ktabe suryaya d-gau bebliytiqi d-Collijiya d-Urmi), Oroomiah, Persia, 1898.


S. E Assemanus & and J. S. Assemanus, Bibliothecae apostolicae vaticanae codicum manuscriptorum. Catalogus in tres partes distributus. Partis Primae, Tomus secundus, complectens codices chaldaicos sive syriacos, Rome 1758, Partis Primae, Tomus tertius complectens reliquos codices chaldaicos sive syriacos, Rome 1759.


Arn. Van Lantschoot, Inventaire des manuscrits Syriaques des fonds Vatican (460-631), Barberini Oriental et Neofiti [Studi e testi 243], Vatican City 1965.