Welcome to syri.ac! This site is a comprehensive annotated bibliography of open-access resources related to the study of Syriac. […]
It was not that long ago that people interested in Syriac studies who did not have the good fortune of living in ancient centers of learning in Europe or close to a handful of great university libraries or research institutions in North America were hamstrung by not having access to important and fundamental works of Syriac scholarship.
Institutions interested in developing new programs in Syriac studies were at a distinct disadvantage, too: while they might be able to purchase new materials in the field of Syriac and Eastern Christianity, older, rarer works were either extremely expensive to purchase or simply not available. A person, for instance, looking to buy Paul Bedjan’s editions of Jacob of Sarugh’s poetry might look long and hard for them and yet still not locate copies available for purchase, no matter how deep his or her pockets.
The advent of digitization initiatives by Google, Microsoft, the Bibliothéque Nationale de France, Brigham Young University, ULB Halle, Beth Mardutho (eBeth Arke), the Goussen Library, and others, have, however, completely revolutionized this situation and had a radically democratizing effect on the study of Syriac. The world, so to speak, is now flat. So long as he or she has access to the internet, a student can now be anywhere in the world and read, enjoy, and make use of the riches of centuries of Syriac scholarship. […]
More information, better resources, and a richer breadth of literature are now readily available to more people, everywhere. One of the happiest results of these developments is that people living in the Middle East and India, the homes of the Syriac Christian tradition, are now able to access texts and study aids which have previously only been found in libraries outside the two regions. The internet has made it possible for these texts to, as it were, return home.
Our goal for these pages is to collect, organize, and annotate as many of the fundamental works of Syriac scholarship that are to be found freely available online.
This kind of thing helps me keep from despairing for my species. Thanks for the link, Paul!