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Title: Northern Mesopotamia in a 19th Century Syriac Annalistic Source
Author(s): HARRAK, A.
Journal: Le Muséon
Volume: 119 Issue: 3-4 Date: 2006
Among the Syriac and Garshuni manuscripts owned by the Iraqi Department of Antiquities and Heritage there are two loose leaves containing short annalistic notes in Syriac. These cover one century of historical events in upper Mesopotamia between the middle of the 18th and the middle of the 19th centuries. Some events are well known from Syriac and other sources, but some others, being local, are known only from the present source. The mention of “our monastery of Rabban Hormizd” suggests that the author of the anonymous notes was a monk in this monastery. He may have been the Priest Ablaḥḥad 'Awdisho Khoshaba of Alqosh, since the two loose leaves are inserted in the Kurdish Grammar in Syriac that he himself authored. The present article includes the edition and translation of the annalistic notes followed by a commentary on literary and historical aspects of the text.