New Book Published on Embattled Assyrian Monastery in Turkey
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(AINA) -- On Surday August 26, Dr. Pieter Omtzigt, MP for the Christian Democratic Party CDA in the Netherlands, presented the first copy of a book entitled The slow disappearance of the Syriacs from Turkey and of the Grounds of the St. Gabriel Monastery to Archbishop Polycarpus, the apostolic vicar of the Syriac Orhodox church in the Netherlands.

The Syriac Orthodox Monastery St. Gabriel (founded 397 AD) is one of the oldest monasteries in the world. The Turkish state is expropriating its land through a series of court cases. The existence of the monastery is at stake (full coverage).

Politicians from the German Bundestag, the US congress, European Parliament and the Dutch Parliament, as well as a number of leading academics contributed to this volume.

The book discusses the slow and nearly complete disappearance of the Syriac (also known as Assyrian and Chaldean) community form Turkey, the history and importance of the St. Gabriel Monastery and the ways the Turkish state expropriates the monastery's land.

The treatment of the St. Gabriel monastery is a the litmus test of freedom of religion in Turkey and has already been debated the parliaments from the Netherlands, Germany, the US and the European parliament.

Chapter authors:

  • William Dalrymple
  • prof. Martin Tamcke
  • Alan Hurst
  • prof. Herman Teule
  • Jens Nieper
  • Dr. Aryo Makko
  • Dennis Pastoor
  • Soner Onder
  • Horst Oberkampf
  • Markus Tozman
  • Dr. Renate Sommer (Member of the European Parliament)
  • Ingrid Fischbach (Member of the German Bundestag)
  • Dr. Sebastian Brock
  • prof. Baskin Oran
  • Yakup Bilge
  • Gus Bilirakis (Member of the US Congress)
  • Ute Granold (Member of the German Bundestag)
  • Dr. Naures Atto
  • Dr. S├ębastien de Courtois (Member ot the Dutch Parliament)
  • Dr. Pieter Omtzigt (Member ot the Dutch Parliament)

Editors: Pieter Omtzigt, Markus Tozman and Andrea Tyndall

For more information contact

Kees den Biesen, president Stichting ondersteuning St. Gabrielklooster,

Pieter Omtzigt, Member of Dutch Parliament , +31 6 1830 5974

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