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Michael the Syrian
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(1126/1127, Melitene, Asia Minor – 1199, nearby monastery of Barsauma), Jacobite (= Syrian Orthodox) patriarch of Antioch; together with the later G. Bar Hebraeus one of the main representatives of the “Syrian Renaissance.” From 1156 Michael was abbot of Barsauma monastery, and in 1166 he was elected supreme head of the Jacobite Church. Michael was active in the reform of his church, especially in the removal of various irregularities. He cultivated good relationships with other Christian communities an…

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Nebes, Norbert, “Michael the Syrian”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 25 October 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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