Sauma, Rabban - ܪܒܢ ܨܘܡܐ (sometime between 1200 - 1300) This page is an entry in Qadishe: A Guide to the Syriac Saints and A Guide to Syriac Authors


Ṣawma was a monk of the Ch. of E. who, sometime around 1275, set out from Dadu (also known as Khān Bālīq, i.e. modern Beijing) in his native China with a younger disciple, Markos, on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem.1


  • ܪܒܢ ܨܘܡܐ
  • Sauma, Rabban
  • ܨܘܡܐ3
  • Rabban Sauma2
  • Sauma
  • Ṣaumā3
  • Sauma3
  • ṣawmā
  • Ṣawma, Rabban
  • Ṣawma, Rabban1


  • Ch. of E. 1


In hagiography: Sauma, Rabban is commemorated as the monastic teacher and travelling companion of the monk Markos who became the catholicos Yahbalaha III. Acting on behalf of the catholicos, Rabban Sauma travelled to Constantinople, Rome and even Paris

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  • Floruit: 13th cent.1

Works Cited

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  • 1 J. P. Amar, "Ṣawma, Rabban." in Sebastian P. Brock et al. (eds.), The Gorgias Encyclopedic Dictionary of the Syriac Heritage (Piscataway,NJ: Gorgias Press, 2011), pp: 360-361.Link to Bibliographic Record.Link to Bibliographic Record.Link to e-GEDSH entry
  • 2 Sergey Minov (ed.), A Comprehensive Bibliography on Syriac Christianity (The Center for the Study of Christianity, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2013), entry: Rabban Sauma.Link to Bibliographic Record.
  • 3 Ugo Zanetti and Claude Detienne, Bibliotheca Hagiographica Syriaca, entry: 689.Link to Bibliographic Record.
  • 4 Anton Baumstark, Geschichte der syrischen Literatur mit Ausschluß der christlich-palästinensischen Texte (Bonn: A. Marcus und E. Webers Verlag Dr. jur. Albert Ahn, 1922), pp: 325.Link to Bibliographic Record.Link to Bibliographic record

How to Cite This Entry

Jeanne-Nicole Mellon Saint-Laurent et al., “Sauma, Rabban — ܪܒܢ ܨܘܡܐ ” in Qadishe: A Guide to the Syriac Saints last modified August 17, 2016,


Jeanne-Nicole Mellon Saint-Laurent et al., “Sauma, Rabban — ܪܒܢ ܨܘܡܐ .” In Qadishe: A Guide to the Syriac Saints, edited by Jeanne-Nicole Mellon Saint-Laurent, David A. Michelson and Nathan P. Gibson. Vol. 1 of The Syriac Biographical Dictionary, edited by David A. Michelson., 2016-. Entry published August 17, 2016.

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Entry Title: Sauma, Rabban — ܪܒܢ ܨܘܡܐ

Additional Credit:

  • Data from Macuch, Abuna, De Urbina, Duval, Assemani (vols. 1-2), Chabot, Wright, and Brock collected, verified, reconciled, and entered by Kristian Heal
  • German data entry by Samer Khader
  • Editing, proofreading, data entry and revision by Jeanne-Nicole Mellon Saint-Laurent
  • Editing, document design, data architecture, encoding, proofreading, data entry by David A. Michelson
  • Proofreading of GEDSH abstracts, addition of confessions and alternate names from GEDSH, matching with records, data entry, data transformation, data merging, conversion to XML by Nathan P. Gibson
  • GEDSH and Barsoum English name entry, matching with records by James E. Walters
  • Editing, Syriac name entry, disambiguation research, conversion to XML by Thomas A. Carlson
  • Editing, Syriac data conversion, data entry, and reconciling by Adam P. Kane
  • Editing and Syriac data proofreading by Aram Bar Schabo
  • Syriac name entry by Robert Aydin
  • Normalization of GEDSH dates and entry matching with records by Alex Vawter
  • Editorial oversight for GEDSH and Barsoum English text entry, and proofreading by Christopher Johnson
  • GEDSH and Barsoum English text entry and proofreading by the Syriac Research Group, University of Alabama
  • Entries adapted from the work of Jean Maurice Fiey
  • Entries adapted from the work of Ugo Zanetti
  • Entries adapted from the work of Claude Detienne

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