The "real" name of the monastery is the Monastery of Mar Hananyo. The
nickname in Syriac is Dayro d-Kurkmo (= Arabic Deir al-Zaafaran). In other
words, Syriac Kurkmo = Arabic Zaafaran.
George A. Kiraz, Ph.D.
Beth Mardutho: The Syriac Institute
Read Hugoye: Journal of Syriac Studies: http://syrcom.cua.edu/Hugoye
----- Original Message -----
From: "JOHN PHILIP" <jp67in@...>
Sent: Saturday, May 26, 2001 12:54 PM
Subject: [SORForum] about the Monastery at Mardin
> In many of the Church books written in our local
> language, Malayalam, there is a mention about
> 'KURKKUMA DAYRO', the Seat of the Patriarch of Antioch
> in Mardin.
> As far as I know this Dayro mentioned is
> 'Deyrul-Zaafaran' of Turkey. Is that correct ? If
> so, why it is called as KURKKUMA Dayro? In our site,
> 'Deyrul-Zaafaran' is also mentioned as 'Saffron
> Monastery', so named for the yellowish rock from which
> it is built. Then what does this ' KURKKIMA' denote
> ? Is that a Syriac word or is it the name of a
> place ?
> Waiting for a reply,
> John Philip K
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