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Reading Source Texts


Admission requirements

Regular MA admission requirements. A working knowledge of Aramaic or another ancient Semitic language (e.g. Biblical Hebrew, Classical Arabic, Akkadian) would be very advantageous but is not strictly mandatory.


An introduction to the Nabataean Aramaic corpus, originating in the territory of the Nabataean kingdom (present-day Jordan and environs, 4th century BCE – 106 CE). Students will read original texts and secondary literature on topics such as Nabataean religion, economy, relations with neighbouring states and empires, and linguistic interactions with Old Arabic.

Course objectives

Upon completion of this course, students will have familiarized themselves with the linguistic features of Nabataean Aramaic and its cultural-historical background and acquired general philological skills to study unvocalized Middle Aramaic texts independently. They will be able to explore this independently in a broader historical-comparative context by consulting the available literature.


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Mode of instruction

  • Seminar

Assessment method

  • Oral participation and preparation of texts to be studied in class

  • Oral presentation

  • Written paper


  • Active participation: 10%

  • Oral presentation: 30%

  • Paper: 60%

The final grade for the course is established by determining the weighted average.


Should the overall mark be unsatisfactory, the paper is to be revised after consultation with the teacher.

Exam review

Students will be invited to discuss the results of the oral participation and preparation of texts, presentation, and paper individually with the teacher as soon as the results have been published.

Reading list

To be communicated during class.


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
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