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The Syriac writers of Qatar have not received the scholarly attention that they deserve in the last half century. This anthology seeks to redress such an underdevelopment by providing new material in English translation with accompanying Syriac and Garshuni editions to encourage further research in the sub-field of Beth Qatraye studies. It includes the work of some of the most prominent scholars in this field.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
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SKU (ISBN): 978-1-4632-0547-8
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Publication Date: Nov 4,2015
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 736
Languages: English, Syriac
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0547-8
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This anthology includes the writings of a number of Syriac monastic and ascetical writers from the seventh century who were born and educated in Beth Qatraye (Syriac for Qatar or Region of the Qataris). Isaac of Qatar widely known as Isaac of Nineveh, for example, is considered to be the most influential of all Syriac monastic writers and continues to exert a strong influence in monastic circles today. Many of the others like Dadisho of Qatar, Abraham bar Lipah of Qatar, and Ahob of Qatar were important Syriac writers on spirituality and commentators or exegetes within the Church of the East tradition. These writers, who all originated from the Qatar region and were educated there, reveal the presence of an important school of education that rivaled in its sophistication the other more well-known schools such as the School of Nisibis or the School of Edessa. The Syriac writers of Qatar themselves produced some of the best and most sophisticated writing to be found in all Syriac literature of the seventh century. This anthology presents a selection of these writings for the first time in English translation with accompanying Syriac and Garshuni editions.

This is the second publication of a three year research project funded by the Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) under its National Priorities Research Program (NPRP). Project number: NPRP 4-981-6-025.

Mario Kozah is Assistant Professor of Syriac and Islamic Studies at the American University of Beirut. He holds a B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. in Oriental Studies from the University of Cambridge.

This anthology includes the writings of a number of Syriac monastic and ascetical writers from the seventh century who were born and educated in Beth Qatraye (Syriac for Qatar or Region of the Qataris). Isaac of Qatar widely known as Isaac of Nineveh, for example, is considered to be the most influential of all Syriac monastic writers and continues to exert a strong influence in monastic circles today. Many of the others like Dadisho of Qatar, Abraham bar Lipah of Qatar, and Ahob of Qatar were important Syriac writers on spirituality and commentators or exegetes within the Church of the East tradition. These writers, who all originated from the Qatar region and were educated there, reveal the presence of an important school of education that rivaled in its sophistication the other more well-known schools such as the School of Nisibis or the School of Edessa. The Syriac writers of Qatar themselves produced some of the best and most sophisticated writing to be found in all Syriac literature of the seventh century. This anthology presents a selection of these writings for the first time in English translation with accompanying Syriac and Garshuni editions.

This is the second publication of a three year research project funded by the Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) under its National Priorities Research Program (NPRP). Project number: NPRP 4-981-6-025.

Mario Kozah is Assistant Professor of Syriac and Islamic Studies at the American University of Beirut. He holds a B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. in Oriental Studies from the University of Cambridge.

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Mario Kozah

Mario Kozah is Assistant Professor of Syriac and Islamic Studies at the American University of Beirut. He holds a B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. in Oriental Studies from the University of Cambridge.

Abdulrahim Abu-Husayn

Saif Shaheen Al-Murikhi

Haya Al Thani

  • Table of Contents (page 7)
  • Acknowledgments (page 9)
  • Preface (page 11)
  • Abbreviations (page 15)
  • The History of Mar Yawnan (Sebastian Brock) (page 17)
  • Isho'yahb III of Adiabene's Letters to the Qataris (Mario Kozah) (page 59)
  • Introduction to the Book of the Aims of the Psalms by Ahub Qatraya (Bas ter Haar Romeny) (page 105)
  • Abraham Qatraya bar Lipah's Commentary on the Liturgical Offices (Mario Kozah) (page 113)
  • Preface to Mar Shem'un's Law Book by an Anonymous Monk from Beth Qatraye (Mario Kozah) (page 163)
  • Dadisho' Qatraya's Compendious Commentary on the Paradise of the Egyptian Fathers in Garshuni (Mario Kozah, Suleiman Mourad, Abdulrahim Abu-Husayn) (page 171)
  • Introduction to Selections from the Ge'ez Filekseyus (Robert Kitchen) (page 205)
  • Isaac of Ninevah's Chapters on Knowledge (Grigory Kessel) (page 269)
  • Isaac the Syrian: The Third Part (Mary T. Hansbury) (page 297)
  • Two Discourses of the Fifth Part of Isaac the Syrian's Writings (Mary T. Hansbury) (page 457)
  • The Fourth Part of Isaac Qatraya's Ascetical Homilies in Garshuni (Mario Kozah) (page 487)
  • Bibliography of Works Cited (page 709)
  • Index (page 721)
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