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Sami Aydin

researcher at Department of Linguistics and Philology

Visiting address:
Engelska parken, Thunbergsv. 3 H
Postal address:
Box 635
751 26 UPPSALA

Keywords: syriac philosophy syriac zoology (physiologus and bestiaries). syriac sciences. syriac grammar and lexicon. turoyo neo-aramaic.

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Academic Background

• 2000–2004: History of Ideas (Degree of Master of Arts), Stockholm University.

• 2002–2005: Aramaic/Syriac A-C, Uppsala University (Aramaic/Syriac grammar, literature, history, Biblical Aramaic, Turoyo).

• 2010-2015: Doctoral Student in Semitic Languages at the Department of Linguistics and Philology, Uppsala University.


The main interest for my research is philosophical and zoological texts in Syriac. My doctoral thesis consisted of an edition and translation of a text by Sergius of Reshaina that treats Aristotelian logic and philosophy as presented in Aristotle’s Categories and partly in the Physics (published in 2016 at Brill). At present, I am working on a manuscript (Vat. Syr. 586) that contains fragments of a questions and answers commentary on Aristotle’s Categories, and on an article about the different versions of Physiologus and related bestiaries or books on animals in Syriac. Later on, I plan to re-edit the two short Syriac Physiologus recensions. I do also pay due attention to lexical and linguistic matters in the Syriac manuscripts that I read in my research.


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