Professor, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (Director of the Centre)



Dr. phil. (Frankfurt, Orientalistik, 2002), M.Litt. (Tokyo, Classical Philology, 1991), M.A. (St. And., Humanity [Latin] and Greek, 1988)

Research Area

Syriac Studies, Syriac Christianity

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Research activities, treatise


Aristotelian Meteorology in Syriac: Barhebraeus, Butyrum Sapientiae, Books of Mineralogy and Meterology, Leiden: Brill, 2004.

Barhebraeus: A Bio-Bibliography, Piscataway: Gorgias Press, 2005.

Research Paper

“Armenian Garshuni (Armenian in Syriac Script) and Its Users”, in H. Teule, et al. (eds.), Syriac in Its Multi-Cultural Context: First International Syriac Studies Symposium, Mardin Artuklu University, Institute of Living Languages, 20-22 April 2012, Mardin (Eastern Christian Studies 23), Louvain: Peeters, 2016, p. 245–266.

“The Influence of al-Ghazālī on the Juridical, Theological and Philosophical Works of Barhebraeus”, in Georges Tamer (ed.), Islam and Rationality: The Impact of al-Ghazālī: Papers Collected on His 900th Anniversary, vol. 1, Leiden: Brill, p. 303-325.

“Syriac as the Intermediary in Scientific Graeco-Arabica: Some Historical and Philological Observations”, Intellectual History of the Islamicate World, 3 (2015), 66–97.

“Syriac Version of Nicolaus-Olympiodorus on the Genesis of Winds”, in Elisa Coda et Cecilia Martini Bonadeo (eds.), De l’Antiquité tardive au Moyen Age. Etudes de logique aristotélicienne et de philosophie grecque, syriaque, arabe et latine offertes à Henri Hugonnard-Roche, Paris: Vrin, 2014, p. 169-197.

“L’astronomie syriaque à l’époque islamique”, dans Émilie Villey (éd.). Les sciences en syriaque (Études syriaques 11), Paris: Geuthner, 2014, p. 319-337.

“Syriac and Arabic Transmission of On the Cosmos”, in Johan C. Thom (ed.), Cosmic Order and Divine Power. Ps.-Aristotle, On the Cosmos (SAPERE 23), Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2014, 153-167.

“Further Notes on the Syriac and Garshuni Manuscripts at Yale University”, The Harp 29 (2014), 97-126.

“Syriac as a Vehicle in the Transmission of Knowledge across Borders of Empires”, Horizons: Seoul Journal of Humanities 5/1 (2014), 29-52.

“Transcription of Syriac in Chinese and Chinese in Syriac Script in the Tang Period”, in Johannes den Heijer, et al. (eds.), Scripts beyond Borders. A Survey of Allographic Traditions in the Euro-Mediterranean World, Louvain: Peeters, 2014, p. 329-349.

“Armenisch-Garschuni (Armenisch in syrischer Schrift)”, in Johannes den Heijer, et al. (eds.), Scripts beyond Borders. A Survey of Allographic Traditions in the Euro-Mediterranean World, Louvain: Peeters, 2014, p. 187-214.

“Armenian Garshuni: An Overview of the Known Material”, Hugoye: Journal of Syriac Studies, 17:1 (2014), 81–117.

“Reception of Islamic Theology among Syriac Christians in the Thirteenth Century: The Use of Fakhr al-Dīn al-Rāzī in Barhebraeus’ Candelabrum of the Sanctuary”, Intellectual History of the Islamicate World, 2 (2014), 170–192.

“Barhebraeus”, Encyclopaedia of Islam, Third Edition, part 2014-2, Leiden: Brill, 2014, p. 40-44.

“On Some Transcriptions of Syriac Names in Chinese-Language Jingjiao Documents”, in Li Tang & Dietmar W. Winkler (ed.), From the Oxus River to the Chinese Shore: Studies on East Syriac Christianity in China and Central Asia (orientalia – patristica – oecumenica 5), Wien/Berlin: LIT, 2013, p. 13–24.

“Edition of the Syriac Philosophical Works of Barhebraeus – With a Preliminary Report on the Edition of the Book of the Heaven and the World and the Book of Gereneration and Corruption of the Cream of Wisdom”, in A.M.I. van Oppenraay (ed.), Letter before the Spirit: The Importance of Text Editions for the Study of the Reception of Aristotle (Aristoteles Semitico-Latinus 22), Leiden: Brill, 2012, p. 109–130.

“Also via Istanbul to New Haven – Mss. Yale Syriac 7–12”, in David Reisman & Felicitas Opwis (ed.), Islamic Philosophy, Science, Culture and Religion: Studies in Honor of Dimitri Gutas (IPTS 83), Leiden: Brill, 2012, p. 157–176.