Monthly Archives: March 2013

Table of contents of the book “Antioch on the Orontes – A History and a Guide”

CONTENTS Introduction   A History       1.   The beginning       2.   The Seleucids       3.   The Romans       4.   The Byzantines       5.   The Muslims       6.   The Crusaders       7.   The Norman Principality of Antioch       8.   The … Continue reading

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Antioch on the Orontes

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The Siege of Antioch

                      The picture depicts the Bridge and the Bridge Gate. The Citadel is located on the left peak of Mount Silpius in the background. The southern wall is clearly seen … Continue reading

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The Crusaders take Antioch

In May 1098 Kerboğa, the Emir of Mosul, left his city to help the Turks in Antioch besieged by the Crusaders. It was now urgent for the Crusaders to take the city so as not to be squeezed between the … Continue reading

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The First Crusade arrives at Antioch

Less than ten years after the death of the Prophet Muhammad Antioch was taken by the Muslims and its name was change into Antakiya. After more than three hundred years on Muslim hands Antioch fell to the Ortodox Byzantines in … Continue reading

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Habib-i Neccar and Sham’un

  Who was Habib-i Neccar? Honestly, I do not know. As mentioned earlier, the Muslims tend to identify him with a person mentioned in the Yasîn sura in the Qur’an. There we read: And there came from the uttermost part … Continue reading

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Simeon the Stylite the Younger

        Simeon Stylites the Elder may have been the first ascetic to climb a pillar and stay there until his death (in 459), but he was not the last one.      Simeon Stylites the Younger was born in Antioch in … Continue reading

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