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Title: The Syrian Melkites of the Lusignan Kingdom of Cyprus (1192-1474)
Other Titles: يّون الملكيّون في مملكة لوزينيان القبرصيّة (1192-1474)
Les syriens melkites du royaume des Lusignan de Chypre (1192-1474)
Authors: Coureas, Nicholas
Keywords: Syrian Melkites
Lusignan Kingdom of Cyprus
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: University of Balamand
Part of: Chronos
Issue: 40
Start page: 75
End page: 94
The Melkites of Cyprus like the Georgians identified with the Greek Church
and followed their rite. They began settling on Cyprus during the later Byzantine
period and were prominent on Lusignan Cyprus (1192-1474) as traders, especially
in Famagusta, the chief port of the island. In Syria and Lebanon from the time of
the seventh century Arab conquest onwards they had developed a distinct religious
identity in opposition to both Muslims and non-Chalcedonian Christians, expressed
through a tradition of composition or translation of religious works into Arabic. This
tradition continued on Cyprus. Since, however, most of the Cypriot population were
Chalcedonian Christians, Latin, Greek or Maronites, the Melkites on Cyprus were
absorbed by degrees into the Latin ruling class and the Greek majority population. The
absence of a politically and numerically dominant Muslim ‘other’ and of important
non-Chalcedonian Christian groups facilitated this absorption.
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