Mardutho ('knowledge, discipline') is the life of the spirit.
— The Book of Beth Gazo (Chants)

Beth Mardutho seeks to promote the study and preservation of the Syriac heritage and language, and to facilitate opportunities for people to pursue the study of this ancient legacy globally. We aim to serve the academic community and the heirs of the heritage.

We would like to thank the members of Bnay Beth Mardutho who make our mission possible. Please consider joining today.

Recent News

2018 Fellowships in the Digital Humanities Announced

May 13, 2018--Beth Mardutho is pleased to announce the winners of its 2018 Fellowship Program in the Digital Humanities! Fellows Samuel Barry, Emily Chesley, Jana Safley, Winona Salesky, Hannah Stork, Jillian Marcantonio, Abigail Pearson, and Dominique Sirgy will be working on a number of projects gaining experience in Optical Character Recognition (OCR) training, XML and TEI encoding, Computational Lexicography, and other aspects of the Digital Humanities under the supervision of George A. Kiraz.

Detailed information about the fellows and their summer projects can be found here.

Support Beth Mardutho by Shopping on

Sept. 7, 2016--Did you know that you can support non-profit institutions like Beth Mardutho: The Syriac Institute just by shopping on Using Amazon's charitable giving feature at, you can select Beth Mardutho as a recipient, and Amazon will donate a small percentage of what you spend on Amazon to Beth Mardutho. Note: You'e not paying any extra's just a way that Amazon donates from what you are already spending. If you are interested, here's the link:

Beth Mardutho Awarded NEH Preservation Assistance Grant

Dec. 19, 2015--We are very pleased to announce that Beth Mardutho: The Syriac Institute has been awarded a small Preservation Assistance Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). This grant will help us purchase preservation materials for items in the Beth Mardutho research library, and it will help us build a foundation for the sustainable preservation of our resources for future generations of scholars. 

Hugoye Symposium IV: Syriac and the Digital Humanities

Please join us on March 6, 2015 for a public symposium on Syriac and the Digital Humanities, jointly hosted by Beth Mardutho and Rutgers University. There will be various presentations on the present status and future promise of digital projects for Syriac studies. For a full schedule and details, click here.

Announcement: Beth Mardutho Summer Syriac Course for 2015

Our Syriac summer course in August of 2014 was such a success that we have decided to offer it again in 2015. Click here for details.

Hugoye Symposium III: Colophons in the Syriac Tradition

We are pleased to announce the third Hugoye Symposium, to be held May 16-17, 2014. Please click here for the official announcement and call for papers.

Summer Syriac Course 

Beth Mardutho (The Syriac Institute) in collaboration with Rutgers University (Department of African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian Languages and Literature) will be holding two intensive Syriac summer courses from August 4–22. For more information, including registration details, click here.

Fifth Dorushe Graduate Student Conference on Syriac Studies

The Fifth Dorushe Graduate Student Conference on Syriac Studies will be held March 28-29, 2014 at Duke University. The call for papers is available here. Students currently enrolled in a graduate program are encouraged to submit proposals for all areas pertaining to Syriac studies.

Hugoye Conference II: Garshunography in the Syriac Tradition, June 22, 2013

The Second Hugoye Symposium will he held on June 22 at Alexander Library (Rutgers University) and the Beth Mardutho Research Library. The theme of the symposium is Garshunography (i.e., Garshuni systems where languages like Arabic, Kurdish, Turkish, Armenian, and others are written using the Syriac script). The Symposium papers will be published in Hugoye: Journal of Syriac Studies. Registration is FREE, thanks to the generosity of Rutgers University. You can register here.

New Hugoye Publication Policy

The editors of Hugoye: Journal of Syriac Studies are pleased to announce a new publication policy: instead of waiting until January (Issue 1) or July (Issue 2) to release new articles on our webiste, we will add them to a new Preview Draft page as soon as they are ready for publication. The primary benefit of this new model is that it reduces the amount of time between submission and publication. The Preview Draft page is now up and running, and the first article for Hugoye 16.2 has already been posted. We hope that both our readers and our authors will find this new policty helpful.

Rutgers University Report Publicizes Agreement with Beth Mardutho

October 19, 2012--The Rutgers Library Report has published a story about the recent agreement between Rutgers and Beth Mardutho. If you would like to read their report, click here.

Rutgers Today Publishes Story about Partnership with Beth Mardutho

August 2, 2012--You can read about the partnership between Rutgers University and Beth Mardutho on the Rutgers Today website by clicking here.

Beth Mardutho Partners with Rutgers University

Beth Mardutho: The Syriac Institute recent signed an agreement with Rutgers University that we are very excited about. Among other benefits, Beth Mardutho will have space in the Rare Books library at Rutgers to store some of Beth Mardutho's materials (which we are not equipped to store properly), and we will have access to facilities at Rutgers for future conferences and meetings. In return, Rutgers will receive the digitized materials of the eBethArké collection, which they will be able to make available to Rutgers students and faculty.

To read more about this exciting venture, please click here.