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Dr John Watt 

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Position:Honorary Senior Research Fellow

Research Interests

Syriac Christianity, with special reference to:

  • Syriac literature in late antiquity and the middle ages
  • Philosophy, Rhetoric and Theology in Abbasid Baghdad and the "Syriac Rennaissance"
  • Syriac translation of Greek Theology and Philosophy
  • Syriac literature and late antique history and culture
  • Syriac influence on Arabic culture

Recent Publications

Interpreting the Bible and Aristotle in Late Antiquity. The Alexandrian Commentary Tradition Between Rome and Baghdad (Farnham: Ashgate, 2011)

Rhetoric and Philosophy from Greek into Syriac (Farnham: Ashgate, 2010)

Al-Farabi and the History of the Syriac Organon (Piscataway, N.J.: Gorgias Press, 2009)

Aristotelian Rhetoric in Syriac (Leiden: Brill, 2005)

Research Group/Centre