Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Or_2552, 2553 (University Library, Cambridge University)

Syriac Manuscripts


Manichaean fragments.

Title: Six fragments of an unidentified Manichaean text.

Fragments 1-3 ( = Or. 2552) have a few legible words; 4-6 ( = Or. 2553) have only isolated letters. They have been edited and studied as the ‘Allberry fragments’, along with other Manichaean artefacts in Syriac, in N. A. Pedersen and J. M. Larsen, Manichaean texts in Syriac: first editions, new editions and studies (2013).

Language(s): Syriac

Physical Description

Form: fragments
Support: Vellum
Extent: 6 fragments, the largest of which is 1½ × 7½ cm.


Written in a diminutive estrangela-like Manichaean script of the 3rd or 4th century .



Provenance and Acquisition

Purchased, 2012.

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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