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Tur ʿAbdin
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[German Version]

I. Church History

The “Mountains of the Servants (of God)” in southeastern Turkey gained their fame from monasticism, which began in the 4th century with Jacob of Nisibis and Augin of Clysma. Mount Izla, in the east, was home to the monasteries of the Nestorians (Nestorianism); the so-called Great Monastery on Izla was the fountainhead of the East Syrian monastic revival in the 6th century under Abraham of Kashkar. The mountains are the heart of Syr…

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Tamcke, Martin and Koch, Guntram, “Tur ʿAbdin”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 04 March 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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