Project Overview: The Syriac Reference Portal is a digital project for the study of Syriac literature, culture, and history. Today, a number of heritage communities around the world have linguistic, religious or cultural identities with roots in Syriac language and culture. exists to document and preserve these Syriac cultural heritages. The online tools published by are intended for use by a wide audience including researchers and students, members of Syriac heritage communities and the interested general public. In order to meet the diverse needs of users, the design of is inherently collaborative and fluid.

The primary function of is to be a reference hub for digitally linking research findings.'s publications compile and classify core data for the study of Syriac sources, offer the scholarly community digital tools for freely disseminating that data, and facilitate further research through the creation of shared digital tools and infrastructure.

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Project Team: 

General Editorial Committee

Dr. Thomas A. Carlson, Oklahoma State University

Dr. Nathan P. Gibson, Vanderbilt University

Dr. Jeanne-Nicole Mellon Saint-Laurent, Marquette University (Assistant Director)

Dr. David A. Michelson, Vanderbilt University (General Editor)

Dr. Daniel L. Schwartz, Texas A&M University (Director)

Dr. James E. Walters, Rochester College, Michigan

Research Staff

Winona Salesky, Independant Consultant (Senior Programmer)

Advisory Committee

Chair: Peter Brown, Princeton University, Emeritus

Dr. Clifford Anderson, Director of Scholarly Communications, University Libraries, Vanderbilt University

Dr. Sebastian P. Brock, F.B.A., Emeritus Reader in Syriac Studies in the University of Oxford

Dr. Aaron M. Butts, Catholic University of America

Dr. Tom Elliott, Associate Director for Digital Programs, Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York University

Dr. Kristian Heal, Center for the Preservation of Ancient Religious Texts, Brigham Young University

Dr. George A. Kiraz, Beth Mardutho: The Syriac Institute

Dr. Laura Mandell, Director, Initiative for Digital Humanities, Media, and Culture, Texas A&M University