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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

ARA1040: Elementary Syriac

This module descriptor refers to the 2023/4 academic year.


NQF Level 4
Credits 30 ECTS Value 15
Term(s) and duration

This module will run during term 1 (11 weeks) and term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Professor Siam Bhayro (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


Syriac is one of the most important types of Aramaic. It started as a dialect local to Edessa and its surroundings, but spread as the language of eastern Christianity throughout the Middle East and along the Silk Route into India and China. For many centuries, as the prestige Christian Arab language, a rich body of literature was produced in Syriac, and, especially in the Abbasid period, Syriac functioned alongside Arabic as the medium through which Greek, Sanskrit and Pahlavi (Middle Persian) literatures were interpreted and adapted. This elementary-level module will introduce you to the fundamentals of Syriac grammar, using a set textbook, as well as essential historical background from supplementary materials supplied by the lecturer. No prior knowledge of Syriac is assumed and there are no pre- or co-requisite modules.

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