From manuscript catalogues to a handbook of Syriac literature: Modeling an infrastructure for Academic Article uri icon


  • Despite increasing interest in Syriac studies and growing digital availability of Syriac texts, there is currently no up-to-date infrastructure for discovering, identifying, classifying, and referencing works of Syriac literature. The standard reference work (Baumstark's Geschichte) is over ninety years old, and the perhaps 20,000 Syriac manuscripts extant worldwide can be accessed only through disparate catalogues and databases. The present article proposes a tentative data model for's New Handbook of Syriac Literature, an open-access digital publication that will serve as both an authority file for Syriac works and a guide to accessing their manuscript representations, editions, and translations. The authors hope that by publishing a draft data model they can receive feedback and incorporate suggestions into the next stage of the project.

author list (cited authors)

  • Gibson, N. P., Michelson, D. A., & Schwartz, D. L.

complete list of authors

  • Gibson, Nathan P||Michelson, David A||Schwartz, Daniel L

publication date

  • May 2017