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Texas A & M University, College Station (College Station, TX 77843-0001)
Daniel L. Schwartz (Project Director: July 2014 to June 2019) Advanced Reference Resources for Middle Eastern History

The creation of advanced reference works and user tools for the online reference resource, for the study of Syriac, a language widely spoken throughout the Near East for more than a millennium.

Syriac is a dialect of Aramaic once spoken by populations across the Middle East and Asia. is an online reference hub for the study of Syriac history, literature, and cultures. Syriac sources document key moments in the interaction of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam and also offer unique perspectives on the history of the Middle East from the Roman period through Ottoman rule and into the tumultuous present in Iraq, Syria, and the Levant. With past NEH support, has prepared a collection of reference works (including authority records covering 1000 Syriac authors, 2500 Syriac places, and 1800 works of literature). Using the authority records as a foundation, can now create advanced reference resources and user modules drawing upon these materials. Further support from the NEH will allow to leverage its existing digital infrastructure in the creation of a new generation of digital reference works for the study of the Middle East and Asia.

Project fields:
History of Religion; Medieval History; Near and Middle Eastern History

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Preservation and Access

$300,000 (approved)
$299,968 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2015 – 7/31/2018