The study of the Syriac magical traditions has largely been marginalised within Syriac studies, with the earliest treatments displaying a disparaging attitude towards both the culture and its magical practices. Despite significant progress in more recent scholarship in respect of the culture, its magical practices and their associated literatures remain on the margins of the scholarly imagination. This volume aims to open a discussion on the history of the field, to evaluate how things have progressed, and to suggest a fruitful way forward. In doing so, this volume demonstrates the incredible riches contained within the Syriac magical traditions, and the necessity of their study.
Marco Moriggi (PhD 2003, Università di Firenze) is Associate Professor in Semitic Philology at the Università di Catania. His research interests include Syriac incantation bowls, Syriac language, Aramaic epigraphy in late antique Mesopotamia and the Gulf, and Aramaic dialectology.
Siam Bhayro (PhD 2000, University College London) is Associate Professor in Early Jewish Studies at the University of Exeter. His research interests include the Bible, Semitic languages, medicine in the Christian and Islamic orient, and Jewish magic.
Preface List of Figures Notes on Contributors
Syriac Studies and Magic: An Introduction Siam Bhayro and Marco Moriggi
Syriac Magic: An Overview of Previous Approaches and Prospects for the Future Abigail Pearson
Syriac Magic and Medicine: A Near-Eastern Paradigm of Priestcraft Siam Bhayro
Syriac Incantation Bowls and the Mesopotamian Context: A Glimpse into Christian-Jewish Cultural Interactions Marco Moriggi
More on the ‘Book of Protection’ and the Syriac ‘Charms’: New Texts and Perspectives for the Study of Magic and Religion Michael Zellmann-Rohrer
Traces of a Storied Universe: Biblical Figures and Motifs in Late-Antique Syriac Amulets Nils H. Korsvoll
Soundings in the Textual History of Syriac Amulets David Calabro
Syriac Magic and the Contemporary Christian Milieu: Continuity or Discontinuity? Gaby Abousamra
A Mandaean Lamella and Its Parallels: BM 132957 + BM 132947 + BM 132954 Matthew Morgenstern and Ohad Abudraham
Index of Subjects Index of Texts
Anyone interested in Syriac, Eastern Christianity, and the history of magic and medicine, from Antiquity to the Modern Period, and critical reflections on the study of the Syriac magical traditions.