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Our library of articles shed light on a variety of subjects tied to the Syriac culture.

The Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch At A Glance / Patriarch Ignatius Zakka I Iwas, 1983 / Translated by: Emmanuel H. Bismarji.  

Posted by on Sep 19, 2017 in Articles, Library | Comments Off on The Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch At A Glance / Patriarch Ignatius Zakka I Iwas, 1983 / Translated by: Emmanuel H. Bismarji.  

The Syrian Orthodox Church is the Church of Antioch, whose foundation goes back to the very dawn of Christianity, when Antioch was the capital of Syria1 and one of the three capital cities in the Roman Empire.2 The gospel was first preached in Antioch by some of Christ’s own disciples who fled Jerusalem after the Jewish persecution. Following the martyrdom St. Stephen the deacon ca. 34 AD., Antioch was visited by Barnabas, one of the seventy preachers, as well as St. Paul the Apostle. Both stayed in Antioch for an entire year preaching the gospel after St. Peter who preached the gospel...

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Giusto Traina, 428 AD: An Ordinary Year at the End of the Roman Empire

Posted by on Aug 30, 2017 in Articles, Library | Comments Off on Giusto Traina, 428 AD: An Ordinary Year at the End of the Roman Empire

Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2009.10.31 Giusto Traina, 428 AD: An Ordinary Year at the End of the Roman Empire (translation of 2007 Italian edition).   Princeton:  Princeton University Press, 2009.  Pp. xix, 203.  ISBN 9780691136691.  $24.95. Reviewed by Conor Whately, The University of Winnipeg (c.whately@uwinnipeg.ca)
Word count: 2980 words Preview [Table of contents is listed at the end of the review.] The fifth century is one of the more important centuries for the history of Western Europe and the Middle East, as well as the transformation of the Roman world, and the evidexnce for...

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Demographic and Religious Changes in Sixth and Seventh Century Romano-Byzantine Edessa / Merle Eisenberg

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Colby College theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed or downloaded from this site for the purposes of research and scholarship. Reproduction or distribution for commercial purposes is prohibited without written permission of the author. Recommended Citation Eisenberg, Merle, “Demographic and Religious Changes in Sixth and Seventh Century Romano- Byzantine Edessa” (2007). Honors Theses. Paper 265. http://digitalcommons.colby.edu/honorstheses/265 This Honors Thesis is brought to you for free and open access by the Student Research at DigitalCommons@Colby. It has been...

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The Franks and the Syrian Christians

Posted by on Aug 9, 2017 in Articles, Library, Tribute to Dr. Matti Moosa | Comments Off on The Franks and the Syrian Christians

The Franks and the Syrian Christians Dr. Matti Moosa The Franks’ interference in the affairs of the Syrian Church seriously weakened their ability to keep the allegiance of the native population in Edessa and elsewhere. This interference was particularly evident in the case of Abu Ghalib bar Sabuni, brother of Bishop Sa’id bar Sabuni, which alienated the Syrians and turned them against the Franks. Abu Ghalib, a monk from the Arnish Monastery near Kesum and Ra’ban, was chosen as bishop of Edessa by Patriarch Abu al-Faraj Athanasius VI in 1101 and took the name Basilius at his ordination....

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The Christians Under Turkish Rule

Posted by on Aug 8, 2017 in Articles, Library, Tribute to Dr. Matti Moosa | Comments Off on The Christians Under Turkish Rule

The Christians Under Turkish Rule Dr. Matti Moosa More than any other Muslim writer, Ibn al-Athir has discussed the character and achievements of Nur al-Din Zangi, who he says died from al-khawaniq (angina) in 1173-74.[46] Ibn al-Athir says he read the history of the rulers before and after Islam and found no sovereign except al-Khulafa al-Rashidun (the Rightly Guided Caliphs) and the Umayyad Caliph Umar ibn Abd al-Aziz (reigned 717-720) to be more praiseworthy for his conduct, justice, and fairness than al-Malik al-Adil Nur al-Din. He lauds Nur al-Din for his indifference to worldly things...

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SUMERIAN AND BABYLONIAN SCIENCE

Posted by on Jul 24, 2017 in Articles, Library | 2 comments

SUMERIAN AND BABYLONIAN SCIENCE 1. THE SUMERIAN SCIENCE OF LISTS AS A SCIENCE OF ORDER Source: Von Soden, Wolfram (1985) Chapter 11 – Sumerian and Babylonian Science. In: The Ancient Orient – an introduction to the Study of the Ancient Near East. William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA. Translated by Donald G. Schley. Soon after the invention of their writing system, the Sumerians began to compile smaller lists of cuneiform signs. With a system of word signs, sign lists are simultaneously word lists, having even a certain somewhat topical material...

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