Monthly Archives: September 2011

The Prophet Muhammad and his young bride

According to information found on Wikipedia, most sources indicate that the girl Aisha bint Abi Bakr was only nine or ten years old when she was married off to Muhammad about AD 622. This has given occasion for some indignation on the part … Continue reading

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The Colonnaded Street / Kurtuluş Caddesi

            Antioch was founded in 300 B.C. by the Seleucid king Seleucus I (d. ca. 281 B.C.). The city was built according to the so-called Hippodamian plan where the streets were straight and met at right angles. The city was fairly rectangular. To … Continue reading

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Province and capital

The practice of naming a province after the provincial capital and vice versa is not something new. It reminds me of the prophet Jonah whose sarcophagus allegedly stands in a room next to the Habib-i Neccar mosque in Antakya. [a] … Continue reading

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Antakya or Hatay

It seems that certain persons believe that somebody in Turkey want to have the name of Antakya changed to Hatay and this has created some stir in certain waters. What is behind it is this: The Turkish identification cards that show … Continue reading

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