In ancient times it was called Antioch. It joined Turkey in 1939. From 1938 to 1939, the city was an independent Arab emirate known as Hatay State. It then became a part of Turkey, which caused protests by the Arabs in the province, however the protests were later shut down. Currently, the province has a mixed population of Turks and Arabs, and Turks mainly follow Sunni Islam and the Arabs follow Alawite Islam.
The province was badly damaged and many people died in the 2023 Turkey–Syria earthquake.
Stamps issued as Hatay state, today Turkey[change | change source]