Professor Siam Bhayro

Research interests

Bible, Semitic Languages and the Ancient Near East; Early Judaism and Jewish Biblical Exegesis; Medicine in the Christian and Islamic Orient; Aramaic incantation texts; ancient and medieval music

Research collaborations

  • Publication of the Aramaic incantation bowls from the Martin Schøyen Collection (Norway), in collaboration with Professor Shaul Shaked (The Hebrew University, Jerusalem) and Dr James Nathan Ford (Bar Ilan University).
  • Publication of Sergius of Resh Aina's Syriac translation of Galen's Book of Simple Drugs, from a manuscript housed in the British Library, in collaboration with Dr Robert Hawley and Dr Jimmy Daccache (CNRS, Paris), as part of the European Research Council funded project Floriental.
  • Publication of the Syriac Galen Palimpsest, from a manuscript housed in a private collection in the USA, in collaboration with Professor Peter Pormann (University of Manchester), Dr Robert Hawley (CNRS, Paris) and Dr Grigory Kessel (University of Marburg).
  • Publication of the Aramaic incantation bowls from the collection of the Pergamon Museum (Berlin), in collaboration with Dr Dan Levene (University of Southampton), Dr James Nathan Ford (Bar Ilan University), Dr Matthew Morgenstern (University of Haifa) and Dr Ortal-Paz Saar (IAS, Princeton).
  • Publication of a Handbook of North West Semitic Inscriptions, in collaboration with Dr Charles Haberl (Rutgers) and Dr Melonie Schmierer-Lee (Gorgias Press). 
  • Publication of a Handbook of Jewish Magic, in collaboration with Dr Ortal-Paz Saar (IAS, Princeton).
  • Publication of the proceedings of the Demons and Illness conference, in collaboration with Dr Catherine Rider (University of Exeter).