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A note on Syriac and Hebrew manuscripts in Iraq

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  24 December 2009

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A recent visit to Iraq (made possible by a fellowship grant from the British School on the Gertrude Bell fund and by the kind assistance of the Directorate General of Antiquities in Iraq) enabled the writer to look closely at a number of manuscript collections. What follows is an indication of these resources and a review of a new catalogue.

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References

1 Catalogue de la Bibliothèque Syro-Chaldéenne du couvent de N.D. des Semences près d'Alqoš (Iraq), Rome, 1929Google Scholar.

2 Catalogue of the Syriac manuscripts in Iraq. I. The libraries of Mosul and its suburbs, Baghdad, 1977Google Scholar.

3 These are studied in Leroy, J., Les manuscrits syriaques à peintures conservés dans les bibliothèques d'Europe et d'Orient, Paris, 1964, 280313Google Scholar.

4 Les manuscrits, 406.

5 Les manuscrits, 404–8. See in the new catalogue Tallkayf MS 7 (A.D. 1587) and Bāṭnāyā MS 5 (A.D. 1586), the latter not mentioned by Leroy.

6 Leroy, , Les manuscrits, 300–1Google Scholar on Vat. Syr. 559; 390 on a MS from the Chaldaean Patriarchate of Mosul. The clearest example of Islamic style is B.M. Rich 7174 (dated 1499); Leroy, , Les manuscrits, 396403 and pls. 151–5Google Scholar. See also Rice, D. Talbot, Art of the Byzantine era, London, 1963, 42–4Google Scholar, on Vat. Syr. 559, B.M. Add. 7170.

7 Compare Dayr Mar Behnam and the 'Awn ad-Dīn mausoleum in Mosul from the mid-thirteenth century.

8 I.M. MS 240, catalogued but not in fact located.

9 Two are not catalogued locally, I.M. MS 8198 and I.M. MS 2231a (the second of two scrolls rolled together but not distinguished in the catalogue). One is missing (I.M. MS 2242).

10 cf. Birnbaum, S. A., The Hebrew scripts, i, London, 1971, col. 233Google Scholar.

11 e.g. I.M. MS 235.

12 Scripts, cols. 232–3, in relation to a very similar MS, No. 191 in his volume of plates, The Hebrew scripts, II, London, 19541957Google Scholar, which is also from Baghdad and dated 1939.

13 I.M. MS 2229.

14 cf. Sassoon, D. S., A history of the Jews of Baghdad, Letchworth, 1949, 106–9Google Scholar.

15 Sassoon, , History, 97Google Scholar. Cf. Benjamin of Tudela, Adler, M. N., JQR, XVII, 1905, 769, 781Google Scholar

16 cf. Encyclopaedia Judaica, Jerusalem, 1972, XIII, cols. 1395–6Google Scholar.

17 I.M. MS 2243.

18 The writer would like to thank Dr. Reif for his comments on some sections of the text of which a handwritten copy was made.

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