The Establishment of the Melkite Catholic Millet in 1848 and the Politics of Identity in Tanzimat Syria

@inproceedings{Masters2010TheEO,
  title={The Establishment of the Melkite Catholic Millet in 1848 and the Politics of Identity in Tanzimat Syria},
  author={Bruce Masters},
  year={2010}
}
In 1848, Sultan Abdulmecid granted the Melkite Catholic community official status as an "autonomous religious community" ( millet ) by adding his seal to an imperial patent ( berat ) naming Maksimus Mazlum "Patriarch of Antioch, Jerusalem and Alexandria and wherever else Melkite Catholics reside in the sultan's protected realms". The patent further stated that although the Chaldean, Syrian, Melkite, and Maronite Catholic priests had been under the authority of the "Catholic Patriarch of… Expand
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