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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, but they have not received the scholarly attention that they deserve in the last half century. This volume seeks to redress this underdevelopment by setting the standard for further research in the sub-field of Beth Qatraye studies.
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SKU (ISBN): 978-1-4632-0355-9
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Publication Date: Nov 26,2014
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 298
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0355-9
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This edited volume presents 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) of which Isaac of Nineveh of Qatar is considered to be the most influential of all Syriac monastic writers and who continues to exert a strong influence in monastic circles today. Many of the others like Dadisho of Qatar, Gabriel bar Lipeh of Qatar, Abraham bar Lipeh of Qatar, Gabriel Arya 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.

The Syriac writers of Qatar have not received the scholarly attention that they deserve in the last half century. This volume seeks to redress this underdevelopment by setting the standard for further research in the sub-field of Beth Qatraye studies. This volume includes papers presented at an international conference held at Qatar University in collaboration with the American University of Beirut entitled “The Syriac Writers of Qatar in the Seventh Century.” The conference took place on 26–27 February, 2014. It was the first of its kind in the Gulf Region, and it brought together some of the most prominent scholars in Syriac Studies. The conference was part of a three year research project funded by the Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) under its National Priorities Research Program (NPRP).

This edited volume presents 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) of which Isaac of Nineveh of Qatar is considered to be the most influential of all Syriac monastic writers and who continues to exert a strong influence in monastic circles today. Many of the others like Dadisho of Qatar, Gabriel bar Lipeh of Qatar, Abraham bar Lipeh of Qatar, Gabriel Arya 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.

The Syriac writers of Qatar have not received the scholarly attention that they deserve in the last half century. This volume seeks to redress this underdevelopment by setting the standard for further research in the sub-field of Beth Qatraye studies. This volume includes papers presented at an international conference held at Qatar University in collaboration with the American University of Beirut entitled “The Syriac Writers of Qatar in the Seventh Century.” The conference took place on 26–27 February, 2014. It was the first of its kind in the Gulf Region, and it brought together some of the most prominent scholars in Syriac Studies. The conference was part of a three year research project funded by the Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) under its National Priorities Research Program (NPRP).

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Contributor Biography

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

Suleiman Mourad

Mary Hansbury

Mary T. Hansbury, retired, has taught at La Salle University in Philadelphia and at Bethlehem University in Palestine. Her Ph.D. is from Temple University with additional work done in Jewish studies at Hebrew University and Syriac at Princeton University. She has previously published translations of St. Ephrem, Jacob of Serug, Isaac the Syrian, John of Dalyatha and is currently translating the CSCO edition (2011) of Isaac 3.

Thomas Carlson

Grigory Kessel

David Phillips

Sebastian Brock

Emeritus Reader in Syriac Studies, Oxford University, and Emeritus Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford. Author of a number of contributions in the area of Syriac studies (including several books published by Gorgias Press).

Robert Kitchen

Robert A. Kitchen is the Minister of Knox-Metropolitan United Church, Regina, Saskatchewan. He holds a D.Phil in Syriac Language and Literature from the University of Oxford. Along with Martien F. G. Parmentier he has translated the Book of Steps for Cistercian Publications.

Bas ter Haar Romeny

Abdul Rahman Chamseddine

  • Table of Contents (page 7)
  • Acknowledgments (page 9)
  • Introduction (Mario Kozah) (page 11)
  • An Archaeological Survey of Beth Qatraye (Haya Al Thani) (page 33)
  • Christianity in Arabia: An Overview (4th-9th Centuries CE) (Suleiman A. Mourad) (page 47)
  • The Quranic Word hanif and its Explanation in the Light of the Syriac Root (Abdul Rahman Chamseddine) (page 71)
  • The Manuscript Heritage of Isaac of Nineveh: A survey of Syriac Manuscripts (Grigory Kessel) (page 81)
  • Remembrance of God and its Relations to Scripture in Isaac III Including insights from Islamic and Jewish Traditions (Mary Hansbury) (page 103)
  • Two Discourses of the "Fifth Part" of Isaac the Syrian's Writings: Prolegomena for Apokatastasis? (Sabino ChialÀ) (page 133)
  • Syriac Biblical Interpretation from Qatar: Ahob of Qatar (Bas ter Haar Romeny) (page 143)
  • Gabriel of Beth Qatraye as a Witness to Syriac Intellectual Life c. 600 CE (Sebastian Brock) (page 165)
  • The Future of the Past: The Reception of Syriac Qatraye Authros in Late Medieval Iraq (Thomas A. Carlson) (page 179)
  • Dadisho' Qatraya's Compendious Commentary on the Paradise of the Egyptian Fathers in Garshuni - A Case of Manuscript Mistaken Identity (Mario Kozah) (page 205)
  • Lost and found: Dadisho' Qatraya's Commentary on the Paradise of the Fathers as a witness to the works of Theodore of Mopsuestia (David Phillips) (page 217)
  • The Book of Monks: Ethiopian Monasticism via Beth Qatraye (Robert A. Kitchen) (page 241)
  • The Influence of Christianity Among the Arab Tribes in the Gulf Area During the Sixth and Seventh Centuries A.D. (Saif Shaheen Al-Murkihi) (page 259)
  • Bibliography (page 279)
  • Index (page 291)
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