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483 pages, Paperback
First published April 7, 1997
'Mor Gabriel is an ancient Syrian Orthodox monastery in Southeastern Turkey, founded in 397 AD on the ruins of a Zoroastrian temple. When Dalrymple visited in 1994 the monastery was already under siege. In 2008 Erdogan's government attempted to seize the monastery and its farmland on the pretext that the monks were "occupiers" who had built the monastery on top of a mosque--an especially strange claim since the monastery predates both the Turks and Islam.Article here
International pressure and a lawsuit filed with the European Court of Human Rights has won an apparent partial victory. How much daily threats will abate for the monks is still an open question.'