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The Lives of John of Dailam: with special reference to the Ethiopic life found in the Gadla Samāʿtāt
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of Linguistics and Philology.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

In the present MA thesis the Oriental texts concerning the East Syriac saint John of Dailam (d. ca.740 A.D.) are examined. The first part aims to clarify the relationships between the known texts, and especially to determine which text(s) served as the Vorlage(n) for the Ge'ez life found in the Gadla Sama'tat, an Ethiopic collection of hagiography. Texts in Syriac, Arabic, Sogdian and Ge'ez are considered. An Arabic text preserved in three manuscripts (ArabB) is identified as the Vorlage of the Ethiopic text, but it is not possible to trace it to a supposed Syriac original. The second part investigates, by means of a detailed commentary, the translation technique utilised when transferring the Arabic text to Ge'ez, as well as the techniques used when producing the Senkesar entry about John of Dailam, which, it is concluded, is based on the life found in the Gadla Sama'tat.

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2016. , 146 p.
Keyword [en]
John of Dailam, East Syriac saints, Gadla Sama'tat (Gädlä Säma'etat), Senkesar, Arabic-Ethiopic translation technique
Keyword [fr]
Jean de Dailam
Keyword [de]
Johannes von Dailam, Arabisch-äthiopisches Übersetzungstechnik
Keyword [ar]
يوحنا الديلمي
Keyword [sv]
Johannes av Dailam, arabisk-etiopisk översättningsteknik
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-294180OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-294180DiVA: diva2:929185
Subject / course
Semitic Languages
Available from: 2016-07-12 Created: 2016-05-17 Last updated: 2016-07-12Bibliographically approved

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