Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Or_1300 (University Library, Cambridge University)

Syriac Manuscripts


Bar-Hebraeus, Shorter, metrical grammar; with another poetic text.

Language(s): Syriac

ff. 4r-6r
Title: From the mouth of wisdom not acquired except by bitter experience

An anonymous poem in 12-syllable rhymed lines.

ff. 6v-111v
Author: Barhebraeus
Title: Shorter grammar

Called here the ‘Introduction to the (Book of) rays’ (i.e., the longer grammar).

Physical Description

Support: Paper, 21½ cm.
Extent: 112 ff.


Some leaves are attached to guards and many are replacments for lost leaves.


Written by an unidentified scribe in a neat but uncalligraphic East Syriac hand in 2 columns. The inside column contains the main text; the outside column in smaller writing the commentary.

A colophon on f. 111v gives the date for finishing the ms. as 1996 AS (= 1685. CE)


Bound in full red leather over wooden boards in 1876 by the deacon Abraham Shekwana of Alqosh.



Provenance and Acquisition

Presented by the executors of the Rev. David Jenks,1935.

Record Sources

For a full description see J. F. Coakley, Catalogue of Syriac manuscripts in Cambridge University Library acquired since 1901 (2018).


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Funding of Cataloguing

Cambridge University Library


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