Antioch's Last Heirs: The Hatay Greek Orthodox Community between Greece, Syria and Turkey

Author: Ioannis Grigoriadis

Publisher/Publication: Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies


This paper presents a study of the Arab speaking Greek-Orthodox minority residing in Turkey and their integration within society. Originally residing in Southern Turkey near the Syrian border in Hatay, the urbanization process eventually moved them to Istanbul where they attempted to integrate with the Greek-Orthodox minority there. Prioritizing religion over language, the Hatay Greek-Orthodox slowly became a part of the Istanbul minorities and are now the reminders of the once culturally diverse Hatay province which acted as a nexus point between Greece, Turkey and Syria.