Mardin Province

Mardin Province

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Mardin Province

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Mardin Province () is a province of Turkey with a population of 744,606. The capital of the Mardin Province is Mardin (, "Mardin" in related Semitic language Arabic: ماردين , Mardīn). Located near the traditional boundary of Anatolia and Mesopotamia, it has a diverse population consist of Kurdish, Turkish, Arabic and Assyrian people.

The local Assyrians, while much reduced due to the results of the Assyrian Genocide, supports two of the oldest monasteries in the world, Dayro d-Mor Hananyo (Turkish Deyrülzafaran, English Saffron Monastery) and Deyrulumur Monastery. The Christian community is concentrated on the Tur Abdin plateau and in the town of Midyat, with a smaller community (approximately 100) in the provincial capital.

Politically, the area is competitive between the governing Justice and Development Party and Kurdish Democratic People's Party, and the True Path Party has some strength, especially in rural parts of the province.

Unemployment and poverty are serious problems, and there has been considerable out migration to western and southern Turkey, although the reduction in political violence, coupled with infrastructure improvements such as a new civil airport at the provincial capital and improvements to the Ankara-Baghdad highway are helping ameliorate matters.

Mardin comes from the Syriac word (ܡܶܪܕܺܝܢ) and means...
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