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Passage from Shapira's Book

May-18-2001 at 02:01 PM (UTC+3 Nineveh, Assyria)

From the book The Political Phobia in the Assyrian Society
Written in Arabic language by; Aprim Shapira

... Something worth mentioning here is the pride the leaders of Al- Siryan Al- Orthodox, specially those living in the northern parts of Bet Nahren, in Mosul and the cities surrounding ancient Nineveh, the great, for their Assyrian heritage before the events of 1933 in Simmel.

One of the most important historical documents in this matter is the reply that the Bishop of Al-Siryan Al- Orthodox in Mosul and thirty other dignitaries signed on the British document dealing with the general poll which was being undertaken by the office of the British Officer of the Civil Commissioner in Iraq between 1920-1921, in regards to the future of Bet Nahren and the establishment of a country and the crowning of prince Faisal Bin Hussien king, in which they proudly mentioned that they represent all the milat of Al-Siryan and who are known as Jacobite and as quoted We who belong to the Assyrian race and asked the British administration to help them govern and run their affairs for them until when they feel the time is right for them to undertake those challenges..
{self determination in Iraq, Officer of Civil Commissioner 1914-1921, the British Library, ST48/14. PP. 26-27 }

And there are plenty of living examples which prove Al- Siryan sincere pride in their Assyrian heritage and belonging, to mention few, in Midyat, the largest city in Tor Abdin region, there is a big church called Mar Barsoum Church of Midyat, and in it there is a memorial stone erected in celebration of the consecration of the church with engravings in Arabic and Syriac saying;
this church was built during the days of Patriarch Barsoum the 1st. Atouraya.
And in Al-Zaafaran monastery, one of the most important religious and cultural centers of this milat, there are oil paintings for a large number of Patriarchs where their names are mentioned accompanied by their mother country as a way of showing their deep belonging such as;
Potrous the 3rd from Atour and Jacoub the 2nd from Atour....etc., in addition to that there is a photograph in the same monastery which dates to 1903 with inscription at the bottom indicating that the picture is of the monastery school students with the school principal Rev. Toma Atouraya. (page 96-97)

Translated from Arabic by Fred Aprim.

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Assyria \ã-'sir-é-ä\ n (1998)   1:  an ancient empire of Ashur   2:  a democratic state in Bet-Nahren, Assyria (northern Iraq, northwestern Iran, southeastern Turkey and eastern Syria.)   3:  a democratic state that fosters the social and political rights to all of its inhabitants irrespective of their religion, race, or gender   4:  a democratic state that believes in the freedom of religion, conscience, language, education and culture in faithfulness to the principles of the United Nations Charter — Atour synonym

Ethnicity, Religion, Language
» Israeli, Jewish, Hebrew
» Assyrian, Christian, Aramaic
» Saudi Arabian, Muslim, Arabic
Assyrian \ã-'sir-é-an\ adj or n (1998)   1:  descendants of the ancient empire of Ashur   2:  the Assyrians, although representing but one single nation as the direct heirs of the ancient Assyrian Empire, are now doctrinally divided, inter sese, into five principle ecclesiastically designated religious sects with their corresponding hierarchies and distinct church governments, namely, Church of the East, Chaldean, Maronite, Syriac Orthodox and Syriac Catholic.  These formal divisions had their origin in the 5th century of the Christian Era.  No one can coherently understand the Assyrians as a whole until he can distinguish that which is religion or church from that which is nation -- a matter which is particularly difficult for the people from the western world to understand; for in the East, by force of circumstances beyond their control, religion has been made, from time immemorial, virtually into a criterion of nationality.   3:  the Assyrians have been referred to as Aramaean, Aramaye, Ashuraya, Ashureen, Ashuri, Ashuroyo, Assyrio-Chaldean, Aturaya, Chaldean, Chaldo, ChaldoAssyrian, ChaldoAssyrio, Jacobite, Kaldany, Kaldu, Kasdu, Malabar, Maronite, Maronaya, Nestorian, Nestornaye, Oromoye, Suraya, Syriac, Syrian, Syriani, Suryoye, Suryoyo and Telkeffee. — Assyrianism verb

Aramaic \ar-é-'máik\ n (1998)   1:  a Semitic language which became the lingua franca of the Middle East during the ancient Assyrian empire.   2:  has been referred to as Neo-Aramaic, Neo-Syriac, Classical Syriac, Syriac, Suryoyo, Swadaya and Turoyo.

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