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Kunskapsorganisation i syriska handskriftskataloger
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of ALM.
2017 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Knowledge Organisation in Syriac Manuscript Catalogues (English)
Abstract [en]

In the present thesis, the knowledge organisation of twelve Syriac manuscript catalogues, published between 1658 and 2014, is studied from a genre theory perspective. The following questions are addressed: a) what knowledge about the manuscripts has been aggregated in each catalogue, and how has it been organized?, b) is it possible to discern any diachronic developments?, and c) what research practises are promoted by the knowledge organisation structure of the Syriac manuscript catalogue as a genre? To address the last question, the concept of genre as conceived of within rhetorical genre theory is utilized. It emphasizes the connection between text and social action, which in the context of Syriac manuscript catalogues is understood as the activities that Syrologists engage in when using the manuscript catalogues.

The twelve catalogues are chosen to give a representative image of the Syriac manuscript catalogue as a genre. Apart from the diachronical aspect, an additional factor in deciding which catalogues to choose has been a wish to include catalogues covering the most important collections of Syriac manuscripts (e.g., British Library, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Bibliothèque nationale de France, etc.).

The catalogues are analysed with regard to the principle by which the individual catalogue entries are ordered, the information included in a standard catalogue entry, and the types of indices present. It is concluded that the Syriac manuscript catalogues generally focus on the intellectual contents of the manuscripts. This focus is apparent both when it comes to the information about the single manuscripts aggregated in the catalogues and in how this information is structured by the means of indices. Codicology and other features of manuscript study, such as analyses of their linguistic and artistic contents, have generally been little represented. It is argued that these observations can be seen as characteristic of the Syriac manuscript catalogue as a genre. According to genre theory, this implicates that the catalogues primarily engage with social activities connected to a need for these particular pieces of information. It is suggested that the typical Syrological activity based on this information need is the production of critical text editions.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. , 119 p.
Series
Uppsatser inom biblioteks- & informationsvetenskap, ISSN 1650-4267 ; 715
Keyword [en]
manuscripts, catalogue, Syriac, genre theory, knowledge organisation
Keyword [sv]
handskriftskatalog, syriska, genreteori, handskrift, kunskapsorganisation
National Category
Information Studies
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-324281Local ID: 715OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-324281DiVA: diva2:1109334
Subject / course
Library and Information Science
Educational program
Master Programme in ALM
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Available from: 2017-06-15 Created: 2017-06-13 Last updated: 2017-06-15Bibliographically approved

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