Al-Hikma - الحكمة
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Title: Al-Hikma - الحكمة
Available online: 1 October 1927 - 1 December 1931 (40 issues; 2,331 pages)
Region: The Middle East
Country: Mandatory Palestine
Collection: Jrayed - Arabic Newspaper Archive of Ottoman and Mandatory Palestine
Al-Hikma (Wisdom) was a Christian periodical first published in 1914. Publication was suspended following the outbreak of the First World War, but resumed in 1927. In the editorial in the first issue of the magazine’s second year, the editors stated their belief that the war would not continue longer than three months. However during the many years of war, the Syrian Orthodox community lost around eighty thousand of its members. The magazine suffered its own losses: Salim Sami and Michel Haqqi, two of Al-Hikma’s most important editors, were killed during the war. Resumption of the magazine’s publication took many years. This can be attributed to the various difficulties experienced by the Syrian Orthodox community during and after the war. One of the outcomes of the official visit of St. Ignatius Elias III to Jerusalem, who came to see firsthand the situation of the community, was the renewal of this important periodical and indeed, in 1927, Al-Hikma once again appeared on newsstands. The periodical focused on issues of religion from the perspectives of science and culture and also published articles by well-known Syrian Orthodox philosophers Yahya b. 'Adi and Efram the Syrian. According to researcher Yaakov Yehoshua, the periodical ceased publication in 1933 and was replaced by Akhbar Al-Batrikiyya Al-Siryaniyya (News of the Syrian Patriarchate).
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