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Shirin

Jun-03-2001 at 12:22 PM (UTC+3 Nineveh, Assyria)

In the course of his "book of Perfection" the 7th-century Assyrian monastic writer Sahdona (Martyrios) tells of a remarkable holy woman who had evidently had a major influence on his own spiritual formation.

Shirin was already in her 80s when Sahdona was a child, around the end of the 6th century. Sahdona never specifically describes her as a nun and so it is possible that she was a laywoman who lived as if she was under monastic vows and who recited the monastic office--a spiritual decendant of the "daughters of the covenant" of the early Church; if this was the case, the character of her life must have resembled in many ways that of a "beata" in 16th-century Spain. The only other detail that we glean from Sahdona's description is that she lived in the same village as his parents; this village we know from other sources to have been Halmon in the district known as Beth Nuhadre (north of Iraq).

Perhaps the most interesting aspect of Sahdona's short description lies in his portrayal of Shirin as a spiritual advisor to monks as well as to laywomen: this is a feature of feminine sanctity that one only rarely finds mentioned in the hagiographical literature. Sahdona writes describing Shirin; "Only someone who had actually seen her can fully know how serene and gentle she was, how pure and full of simplicity, how she brimmed over with compassionate love for everyone, and how deeply joyous she was to receive strangers and to see to their comfort."

BTW, this Shirin is not to be confused with Shirin the martyr whose Acta survive in Greek.

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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

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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

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