Syriac Studies

Syriac Studies

episodes

Interviews with authors of books about Syriac Christian culture, past and present.

George Anton Kiraz, "Water the Willow Tree: Memoirs of a Bethlehem Boyhood" (Gorgias Press, 2022)

January 29, 2023

Water the Willow Tree

George Anton Kiraz
Hosted by Ari Barbalat

In Water the Willow Tree: Memoirs of a Bethlehem Boyhood (Gorgias Press, 2022), George A. Kiraz tells the story of a young Palestinian boy growing up …

Alda Benjamen, "Assyrians in Modern Iraq: Negotiating Political and Cultural Space" (Cambridge UP, 2021)

November 21, 2022

Assyrians in Modern Iraq

Alda Benjamen
Hosted by Roberto Mazza

Today I talked to Alda Benjamen about his book Assyrians in Modern Iraq: Negotiating Political and Cultural Space (Cambridge UP, 2021) Examining the …

Mark D. Calder, "Bethlehem's Syriac Christians: Self, Nation and Church in Dialogue and Practice" (Gorgias Press, 2017)

November 16, 2022

Bethlehem's Syriac Christians

Mark D. Calder
Hosted by Ari Barbalat

Mark D. Calder's Bethlehem's Syriac Christians: Self, Nation and Church in Dialogue and Practice (Gorgias Press, 2017) is anthropological study of Syr…

Charles Tieszen, "The Christian Encounter with Muhammad: How Theologians Have Interpreted the Prophet" (Bloomsbury, 2020)

September 10, 2021

The Christian Encounter with Muhammad

Charles Tieszen

Muhammad has not only been at the center of Muslims discussions of prophethood but he has also been the focus for many Christians as well. In The Chri…

Tala Jarjour, "Sense and Sadness: Syriac Chant in Aleppo" (Oxford UP, 2018)

September 28, 2018

Sense and Sadness

Tala Jarjour
Hosted by Kristen Turner

Religious music can be a source of comfort and release, but also a remembrance of sadness and loss. In Sense and Sadness: Syriac Chant in Aleppo (Oxfo…

Lev Weitz, "Between Christ and Caliph: Law, Marriage, and Christian Community in Early Islam" (U Pennsylvania Press, 2018)

September 4, 2018

Between Christ and Caliph

Lev Weitz
Hosted by Nadirah Mansour

Recent years have seen new waves of research in Syriac studies, the medieval Middle East, and family history. Combining all three, Lev Weitz’s Between…

Emran El-Badawi, "The Qur'an and the Aramaic Gospel Traditions" (Routledge, 2013)

July 17, 2015

The Qur'an and the Aramaic Gospel Traditions

Emran El-Badawi
Hosted by Matthew Long

The Qur'an and the Aramaic Gospel Traditions (Routledge, 2013) written by Emran El-Badawi, professor and director of the Arab Studies program at the U…