The Maronite Library of Aleppo is one of the most important collections of manuscripts in Syria. This catalogue gives the first detailed description of the Syriac manuscripts, also containing images and indices of titles, personal names, subjects and places.
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The Maronite Library of Aleppo is one of the most important private collections of manuscripts in the Syrian Arab Republic. This ancient library, belonging formerly to Mar Elias Cathedral, has been growing over the centuries thanks to the purchase of new manuscripts from Lebanon, Syria and the Gazira. The work of local copyists and the posthumous donations of books from many distinguished figures of this community such as Germanus Farhat, Bulus Arutin, Germanus Hawa, among others, have also increased the holdings.
The collection contains more than 1640 manuscripts in Arabic, Syriac and Arabic Karshuni on the Bible, theology, history, grammar, science, liturgy, poetry and literature. This catalogue offers the first detailed record and description of the 134 Syriac manuscripts belonging to the Maronite Library of Aleppo. The material is helpfully categorized according to the manuscript's particular area of concern: Bible, grammars and dictionaries, miscellany and liturgy. The book also includes 48 images and full indices of titles, personal names, subjects and places.
Francisco del Río Sánchez is Assistant Professor in the Department of Semitic Studies at the Barcelona University (Spain). He holds an M.St. degree in Semitic Languages fron the Complutense University of Madrid and a Ph.D. from the Oriental Institute of Rome. He has written extensively in the field of Semitics, Arabic and Aramaic studies.