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Tur cAdin is a plateau skirted by the Upper Tigris in south-eastern Turkey. Syrian Orthodox Christians of Aramaic tongue still worship in its Late Antique churches. Monks converted the region and the most powerful monastery, founded in the fourth century, is still flourishing today. This book grew out of an attempt to document more fully the early history of this abbey. It aims to rediscover the practical and symbolic function of the monuments of Tur cAdin and place them in their original social context. A recurring theme is the relationship between village and monastery and, within each, between community and individual. The final chapters also contribute to our understanding of the Syrian Orthodox community under the Abbasid caliphate. A 500-page microfiche supplement contains the first editions of the Qartmin Trilogy, a monastic text to which the book refers, constantly, and the Book of Life, a unique quasi-epigraphical document of a Christian village and its will to surive.
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"In addition to the wealth of literary (hagiographical, historical, liturgical) and non-literary (largely epigraphical) sources studied by Palmer, the author makes use of the architectural monuments and archeology of the site to explore the early history of the monastery and its relationship over time with the neighboring village communities. Maps, photographs, line drawings, chronological tables, indices, and a detailed bibliography add to the book's value. Monk and Mason on the Tigris Frontier is an almost indispensable reference source for anyone seriously interested in the history and archeology of the early Christian areas of Southeastern Turkey." Sidney H. Griffith, Middle East Journal
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Book Description Cambridge University Press. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. 0521360269 Microfiches in rear pocket. Two line ink ownership under front dj flap. Dj lightly rubbed, spine a little faded. Seller Inventory # SKU1008345