803 Manuscripts From The Chaldean Catholic Patriarchate Of Baghdad In Baghdad, Iraq, Are Now Active In Reading Room

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Page from a severely damaged manuscript with a Syriac history of the monks of Egypt, dating to 794 CE (CPB 00464)

803 manuscripts from the Chaldean Catholic Patriarchate of Baghdad in Baghdad, Iraq, are now active in Reading Room

Posted: 2024-02-15

Cataloging is complete for 803 manuscripts of the Chaldean Catholic Patriarchate of Baghdad (CPB), digitized by our partners at the Centre Numérique des Manuscrits Orientaux (CNMO). The collection is primarily in Syriac and Arabic, but also includes European languages and modern Neo-Aramaic dialects. The collection contains some of HMML's earliest Syriac manuscripts, including two dated to 794 and 822 CE (CPB 00464 and CPB 00440, respectively), but tragically, several of these ancient treasures were severely damaged during the American invasion of Iraq in 2003, before they were digitized. The library also includes the private collections of the late Chaldean clergymen Buṭrus Ḥaddād (1937-2010, project code CPB PH) and Yūsuf Gūgī (1886-1971, project code CPB YG), ranging from private notebooks to family heirlooms. View now

Image caption: Page from a severely damaged manuscript with a Syriac history of the monks of Egypt, dating to 794 CE (CPB 00464)

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