Published October 26, 2012
Turkey is home to Syriac Christians, whose followers extend across the Middle East. Their history dates back to the first century. In the 1990s, many Syriac Christians fled Turkey during years of fighting between the Turkish state and Kurdish rebels. In the last few years, they have been returning. But a series of court cases against the ancient monastery of Mor Gabriel, in southeastern Turkey, has put their return increasingly in doubt. Dorian Jones recently visited the monastery and filed this report.