Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

MS. Bodl. Or. 693 (Bodleian Library, Oxford University)

Oriental Manuscripts


Summary of Contents: One collection of Christian prayers and invocations to saints written in Ottoman Turkish in Syriac script.
Author: anonymous
Filiation: Two other manuscripts in Oxford Bodelain Libraries' Asian and Middle Eastern Manuscripts Collection contain complete versions of the same text: MS. Bodl. Or. 668 and MS. Bodl. Or. 632.

Ethé(1930. col. 1266) suggests that the entirety of this text corresponds to that in the other two manuscripts in the Bodleian, but only seems to have examined the first three prayers. Confirmation of the degree of similarity of this text to the others, and ascertainment of the presence or absence of additional texts await further study.

Language(s): Ottoman Turkish in Syriac Serṭā script


Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: offwhite ragstock
Extent: i + 30 folios + i
Dimensions (leaf): 16.5 × 10.8 cm.


One bottom corner of folio 1 is torn off and missing. Several of the pages towards the beginning and end show evidence of moisture damage.


Single column for most pages with a widely varying number of lines per page, usually between 11 and 17.


Script: Careless Syriac Serṭā in black ink with light red ink for some section headings. Bears some resemblence to the hand of the second item in MS. Bodl. Or. 632.


Origin: Date and place of origin unknown.

Provenance and Acquisition

Acquired by the Bodleian sometime between 1695 and 1883.

Record Sources


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