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Christian Middle East language collections

The Christian Middle East is the general heading for Christian literature in the Armenian, Coptic, Ethiopic, Syriac and Georgian languages. The British Library holds important collections of manuscripts and printed books in these languages.

Christian Middle East languages

For information on individual language collections, see the relevant pages:

See also the Arabic collections.

See the catalogues and guides page for information on accessing the Christian Middle East languages collections.

Selected images from the manuscripts are available online. See:

Studying Christian churches and communities in the Middle East

For further resources, including western language materials, see our resources for Middle Eastern studies. The pages on Central Asian studies and African studies are also relevant.


Ilana Tahan, M.Phil., Lead Curator, Hebrew and Christian Orient Studies
Asian and African Studies
The British Library
96 Euston Road
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)20 7412 7646
Fax: +44 (0)20 7412 7641