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Ein neues syrisch-aramäisches Amulett research-article

Shabo Talay, Stefanie Rudolf, Youssef Kouriyhe

Zeitschrift der Deutschen Morgenländischen Gesellschaft, Volume 170 (2020), Issue 2, Page 289 - 308

A recently discovered paper amulet from an unknown source, which was purchased at a flea market in Berlin, demonstrates that Syriac amulets have found their way even into Berlin's markets of curiosities and exotics. This contribution provides an edition, a philological analysis of the incantations included, as well as an annotated translation of the “Berlin amulet”. Looking back on the research in the field of Syriac magical texts and its current state also challenges the view into the future. It aims to give a new impulse to study this genre, which so far has hardly been systematically explored. The amulet texts, which have long been neglected as subject of scientific studies, are indeed of the utmost relevance, for they provide important insights into the living traditions of popular beliefs and religious practices, and testify to the linguistic peculiarities of a language community threatened with extinction.


Phonologie und Transkription des Syrischen research-article

Stefanie Rudolf, Michael Waltisberg

Zeitschrift der Deutschen Morgenländischen Gesellschaft, Volume 170 (2020), Issue 1, Page 19 - 46

One of the hitherto unsolved problems in Syriac studies is the lack of a generally accepted system of transcription. Similar to the situation in Iranian studies, this deficiency is not only due to ambiguities in the language and its writing system, but also to arbitrary decisions to transcribe, or to transliterate, or to make use of a hybrid form. In this article we are suggesting a new mode of transcription for Syriac, by pointing to the relevant linguistic features, in order to tackle the important issue of Syriac transcription anew.

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