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Collection of Historical Documents in Relation with the Syriac Orthodox Community in the Late Period of the Ottoman Empire


The Register of Mardin MS 1006


In the Ottoman Empire, Syriac communities kept their own baptismal books, marriage, funeral and other records and many of these can be found in various libraries, churches, monasteries in the West and East. The Syriac Garšūnī manuscript found in the Church of the Forty Martyrs in Mardin contains several lists of different subjects that go back to the late period of the Ottoman Empire. These lists, published here for the first time with annotations, are an important historical source for the social, economic, cultural and religious history of the Near East during the 19th century.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
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SKU (ISBN): 978-1-60724-994-8
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Publication Status: In Print

Publication Date: Oct 25,2010
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 126
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-60724-994-8
$153.00
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In the Ottoman Empire, Syriac communities kept their own baptismal books, marriage, funeral and other records, but not all these have survived. However, many Syriac records can still be found in various libraries, churches, monasteries in the West and East, especially in Mardin, which was once the headquarters of the Syriac nation and their patriarchate. The Syriac Garšūnī manuscript found in the Church of the Forty Martyrs in Mardin (number 1006, dated 1872) contains several lists of different subjects that go back to the late period of the Ottoman Empire. These lists, published here for the first time with annotations, are an important historical source not only for Syriac communities, but also for the social, economic, cultural and religious history of places in the Near East, during the 19th century.

In the Ottoman Empire, Syriac communities kept their own baptismal books, marriage, funeral and other records, but not all these have survived. However, many Syriac records can still be found in various libraries, churches, monasteries in the West and East, especially in Mardin, which was once the headquarters of the Syriac nation and their patriarchate. The Syriac Garšūnī manuscript found in the Church of the Forty Martyrs in Mardin (number 1006, dated 1872) contains several lists of different subjects that go back to the late period of the Ottoman Empire. These lists, published here for the first time with annotations, are an important historical source not only for Syriac communities, but also for the social, economic, cultural and religious history of places in the Near East, during the 19th century.

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Contributor Biography

Iskandar Bcheiry

Iskandar Bcheiry holds a Ph.D. in Church History from the Pontifical Oriental Institute, Rome, and another Ph.D. in World Christianity and Global Missions-Christian-Muslim Studies from the Lutheran School of Theology-Chicago. Bcheiry has published a collection of books and articles on the history of Syriac Christianity and cataloged a number of Syriac and Arabic manuscripts. He is also a Priest for the Syriac Orthodox Church and serves as a pastor of his community in Chicago.

  • Table of Contents (page 5)
  • Acknowledgement (page 7)
  • Introduction (page 9)
    • The importance of the Syriac Archives found in Mardin (page 10)
    • The manuscript: Mardin Orth. 1006 (page 11)
    • Method of Transliteration (page 12)
  • Chapter 1: List of Donors from Mardin for the Reconstruction of Dayr Al-Za'faran in 1872 (page 15)
    • I. Historical Background (page 15)
      • The City of Mardin (page 15)
      • The Syriac Community of Mardin in the Nineteenth Century (page 16)
      • Dayr al-Za'faran (page 18)
      • Establishing Schools among the Syriacs in the Nineteenth Century (page 19)
      • Dayr Al-Za`faran: the Center of teh Patriarchal Educational Efforts (page 20)
      • The Reconstruction of Dayr al-Za`faran during the Patriarchate of Peter IV (1872-1894) (page 22)
    • II. List of Donations (page 23)
    • Notes and Observations (page 38)
      • The Structure of teh Names (page 38)
      • Variation with the Names (page 38)
      • Religious Aspect of the Names (page 39)
      • Titles Names (page 40)
      • Occupational Names (page 40)
      • Locative Names (page 41)
      • Cultural Aspect of Names (page 43)
      • Familial Relationships (page 44)
      • Sammsi Group (page 44)
      • Reconstructing Matters (page 45)
  • Chapter 2: List of Syriac Orthodox Families from Hamah, Homs and its Vicinity (page 47)
    • I. Historical Background (page 47)
      • The City of Homs (page 47)
      • The Syriac Orthodox of Homs (page 49)
      • The City of Hamah (page 49)
      • Other Locations in the Vicinity of Homs (page 50)
      • Sadad (page 50)
      • Qaryatayn (page 52)
      • Hafar (page 53)
      • Maskanah (page 53)
    • II. List of Syriac Families (page 54)
    • III. Discussion and Observations (page 69)
      • The Structure of teh Names (page 69)
      • Variation with the Names (page 69)
      • Religious Aspect of the Names (page 70)
      • Typical Islamic Names (page 70)
      • Titles Names (page 71)
      • Occupational Names (page 71)
      • Locative Names (page 72)
      • Cultural Aspect of teh Names (page 72)
      • Familial Relationships (page 73)
      • In Relation with teh Ordination Lists (page 73)
  • Chapter 3: List of Bedel`Ashari from the Syriac Orthodox Community in Diyarbakir in 1891 (page 75)
  • Chapter 4: List of Syriac Orthodox Monks (page 81)
  • Bibliography (page 89)
  • Text (page 93)
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