Matthias Norberg (1747–1826)
A Controversial Swedish Orientalist

We now have available Norberg’s main works and some of his dissertations.

Matthias Norberg together with Carl Johan Tornberg were the most prominent Swedish Orientalists at the turn of the 18/19th centuries. He was a pioneer in studying the religion and language of the Mandaeans, a scarcely known ethno-religious group who migrated from the South Levant to Mesopotamia in the first century CE. They are of pre-islamic origin and speak a dialect of Eastern Aramaic known as Mandaic.

Norberg was appointed professor of Greek and Oriental languages at Lund, Sweden in 1781. He then published not less than 158 academic dissertations of which many are devoted to various Oriental subjects including Arabic, Turkish and Syriac.

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