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THE SECOND ALEPPO SYRIAC COLLOQUIUM (A.S.C. II)

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    THE FINAL STATEMENT FOR THE SECOND ALEPPO SYRIAC COLLOQUIUM ON THE LIFE AND WORKS OF BAR EBROYO ALEPPO JULY 1st – 4th, 2010 A Colloquium commemorating the
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      THE FINAL STATEMENT FOR THE SECOND ALEPPO SYRIAC COLLOQUIUM ON THE LIFE
      AND WORKS OF BAR EBROYO

      ALEPPO JULY 1st – 4th, 2010



      A Colloquium commemorating the life and works of Barhebraeus, the famous
      Syrian polymath and renowned Church father, was held in Aleppo, Syria,
      July 1st – 4th, 2010.

      The participants who came from Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, India,
      Italy, Japan Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Turkey and the United States
      as well as from Lebanon and Syria enjoyed the papers presented at the
      Colloquium by scholars and specialists in Syriac studies. These
      contributions, which included fourteen papers that were delivered in
      seven sessions, discussed the writings of the celebrated scholar and
      polymath Mor Gregorios Abul- Faraj Bar Ebroyo 1286+ (Barhebraeus) as a
      chronicler, grammarian, philosopher, physician, theologian, ecumenist,
      mystic and as a major contributor to church liturgy and canon law.

      Prior to the start of the Colloquium, the new conference facility that
      had been prepared for the event at the Aleppo Syrian Orthodox
      Archdiocese was consecrated under the name Bar Ebroyo Centre for Syriac
      Studies with a special prayer by his Eminence Mor Gregorios Yohanna
      Ibrahim, Metropolitan of Aleppo.

      The proceedings also included an opening session in which a letter of
      blessing from his Holiness Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas, Patriarch of
      Antioch and all the East, was read. The welcoming address and the first
      paper of the Colloquium were delivered by Mor Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim,
      Metropolitan of Aleppo and the host of the Colloquium.

      The Colloquium programme included visits to a number of archaeological
      and historical locations. These included a tomb structure in Sirreen,
      East of Mabug, that contains an old Syriac inscription dating back to 74
      AD, the grave of Sulaiman Shah one of the forefathers of the founder of
      the Ottoman empire, Qalaat Najm (Citadel) on the western bank of
      Euphrates river where Bar Ebroyo was imprisoned by Hulagu when he tried
      to intercede on behalf of the city of Aleppo, and the town of Mabug, the
      birth place of Theodora, the Syrian Queen, and the seat of Mor
      Philoxenus of Mabug (+ 523).







      In its final session, the Colloquium resolved the following:

      1. The proceedings of the Colloquium will be published in English
      by Gorgias Press and in Arabic by Dar Mardin Publishing House. The full
      texts of the papers should be submitted to Gorgias Press by March 31,
      2011. The editors for the proceedings are: His Eminence Mor Gregorios
      Yohanna Ibrahim, George Kiraz, Hidemi Takahashi and Herman Teule.

      2. It has been decided that the 3rd Aleppo Colloquium would be held
      July 5th – 8th, 2012. Several themes were discussed including:
      Severus of Antioch, Aleppo in the period 1400 – 1800, The Syrian
      Orthodox Church following the time of Bar Ebroyo and before the Ottoman
      invasion (early 14th century to early 16th century). The final theme
      will be set at a later date by Mor Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim.

      3. The participants expressed their profound appreciation and
      thanks to the host of the Colloquium, Mor Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim, for
      his initiative to hold the Colloquium, for his tireless efforts, which
      ensured its complete success, and for the generous hospitality. The
      participants also expressed their deep thanks to the secretariat of the
      Colloquium, to the monks and deacons and members of the different
      working groups of the Aleppo Syrian Orthodox Archdiocese.



      List of Scholars

      1. Metropolitan Mar Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim (Syria)

      2. Pier Giorgio Borbone (Italy)

      3. Deena Dinno and Khalid Dinno (Canada)

      4. Margherita Farina (Italy)

      5. Jan van Ginkel (Netherlands)

      6. Hubert Kaufhold (Germany)

      7. Fr. Elias Kesrouani (Lebanon)

      8. George Kiraz (USA)

      9. Hidemi Takahashi (Japan)

      10. Sara Tanoğlu and Ishak Tanoğlu (Turkey)

      11. Herman Teule (Belgium)

      12. Fr. Baby Varghese (India)

      13. Dorothea Wetecke (Germany)







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