Canaan (region)


A place


  • Arabic: كنعان = Kanʿān 1
  • Hebrew: כנען = KNʿN 2
  • Syriac: ܟܢܥܢ = KNʿN 3
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Event DescriptionDate
Event mentioned by Yāqūt al-Ḥamawī. 1 before c. 1225c.1225877 A.H. / 14721995
Events mentioned by Benjamin of Tudela 2 before c.1170c.117313th C1907
Events mentioned by Michael the Syrian 3 before 11991195-1199?15982009


  • 1Yāqūt al-Ḥamawī, Muʿjam al-buldān (Beirut: Dār Ṣādr, 1995), (2) 199 (4) 483 [Arabic].
  • 2Canaan: Marcus N. Adler, ed., The Itinerary of Benjamin of Tudela (London: Frowde, 1907), 20 [Hebrew with English translation].
  • 3Gregorios Yuhanna Ibrahim, ed., The Edessa-Aleppo Syriac Codex of the Chronicle of Michael the Great (Piscataway, N.J.: Gorgias Press, 2009), 15 [Syriac].
    • Chanaan (pays de): J.-B. Chabot, trans., Chronique de Michel le Syrien (Paris: Ernest Leroux, 1901), I, 27, 31, 34; III, 278 [French].
    • Canaan: Michael the Syrian, The Chronicle of Michael the Great (The Edessa-Aleppo Syriac Codex): Books XV–XXI From the Year 1050 to 1195 AD, ed. Amir Harrak (Piscataway, N.J.: Gorgias Press, 2019), xxvii, 252 [Syriac with English translation].

How to Cite This Entry

Thomas A. Carlson, et al., “Canaan” in Thomas A. Carlson, ed. Historical Index of the Medieval Middle East, last modified September 16, 2021,

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  • Thomas A. Carlson: Data merging and XML; matching and transliteration from Yāqūt al-Ḥamawī’s Muʿjam al-Buldān; Hebrew transliteration from Benjamin of Tudela's travelogue; and categorization, matching, Syriac collection and transliteration, and reconciling Harrak's pages from Michael's chronicle
  • Liran Yadgar: place categorization and categorization, matching, Hebrew collection from Benjamin of Tudela's travelogue
  • McKenzie Cady: assistance with Arabic translation of names from Yāqūt al-Ḥamawī’s Muʿjam al-Buldān and categorization from Michael's chronicle
  • Jessica Mutter: categorization, matching, and reconciling Harrak's pages from Michael's chronicle
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