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In pictures: Syriac inscriptions from Iraq

University of Toronto's Canadian Centre for Epigraphic Documents is home to the largest photo collection of Syriac inscriptions from Iraq.

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Mār Behnam (doorway) - Martyrion of Mār Behnam, c. 13th century. The Martyrion of Mār Behnam contains a trilingual inscription: Syriac, Arabic, and Uyghur (Old Turkic). Uyghur was used by the Mongols. This is the only known example of a Uyghur inscription in Iraq. It relates to a donation given to Mār Behnam by a Mongol Khan c. 1300 A.D. The monastery had been earlier ransacked by the Mongols; the donation was restitution. The b/w image was taken in the 1930’s; the original was from a glass plate negative.

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Mār Behnam - Martyrion of Mār Behnam, c. 13th century.

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An image of the façade of the Mar Behnam Catholic monastery in Iraq is seen here. U of T’s Canadian Centre for Epigraphic Documents is home to the largest photo collection of Syriac inscriptions from Iraq.

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