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The Imam of the ChristiansThe World of Dionysius of Tel-Mahre, c. 750-850$
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Philip Wood

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780691212791

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691212791.001.0001

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Takrit and Mosul

Takrit and Mosul

The Jacobite East

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The Imam of the Christians

Philip Wood

Princeton University Press

This chapter argues that the city of Takrit benefited most from the economic development of Baghdad and southern Iraq by cultivating a widespread trading diaspora and by seeing one of its sons become the first eastern patriarch. It looks at evidence from Deir es-Surian that testified to western links and the channelling of Takrit's wealth into education and the collection of manuscripts. It also discusses how Takritian diaspora sponsored its own churches, often revering Iraqi saints and festivals. The chapter highlights the Takritians' growing assertiveness that led the community into conflict when they refused to acknowledge the metropolitan of Mosul. It provides a good example of how Mosul's earlier preeminence was challenged by the new economic and political prominence of Takrit.

Keywords:   Takrit, economic development, trading diaspora, Deir es-Surian, western links, Takritian diaspora

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