Assyrians Beyond the Fall of Nineveh
|Assyrians Beyond the Fall of Nineveh|
by William M. Warda
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by William M. Warda — author, historian, activist.
- Paperback: 300 pages
- Publisher: William M. Warda
- Published: February 2, 2013
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0615756905
- ISBN-13: 978-0615756905
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
The cover image shows an illustration of a ninth century BC, ancient Assyrian relief, where King Ashurnasirpal II, is standing in reverence on the side of the Tree of Life. On the right, is a relief from the gate of the 4th century AD, Mar Behnam Monastery, in the Plain of Nineveh, where the cross is portrayed as the Tree of Life.
In praise of the Tree of Life, the fouth-century Mar Ephraim wrote: "while the Tree of Knowledge brought death to Adam and Eve, the Tree of Life, i.e. cross, restores life to humanity."
At the bottom of the illustration is a picture drawn by Henry Layard in mid-nineteenth century, showing his Christian Assyrian workers wearing their traditional conical hats that resemble the helmets worn by the ancient Assyrian soldiers. For comparison, the author has added to the side of the drawing, a photo of a relief showing an ancient Assyrian Calvary soldier wearing a metallic helmet.
“Today's Assyrians belong to a unique culture that has survived for thousands of years; they are a distinct ethnic group who trace their origin to the ancient Assyrians. Due to persecution in their homeland they presently are scattered in many countries, including, Iraq, Syria, Iran, the United States, and the continent of Europe.”Though the Christians of Iraq trace their origin to the ancient Assyrians, some Western writers have expressed doubt about such a possibility, because history books make no mention about what happened to the ancient Assyrians, after their 612 BC defeat by the Babylonians and the Medians.
— William M. Warda
Assyrians Beyond the Fall of Nineveh
This has led to the mistaken assumption that they were defeated into extinction. Contrary to the popular belief, ancient Assyrians survived their 612 BC defeat, and their descendants continued into the Christian era. As Assyrialogist H.W.F. Saggs puts it: "The destruction of the Assyrian empire did not wipe out its population. They were predominantly peasant farmers, and since Assyria contains some of the best wheat land in the Near East, descendants of the Assyrian peasants would, as opportunity permitted, build new villages over the old cities and carry on with agricultural life, remembering traditions of the former cities. After seven or eight centuries and various vicissitudes, these people became Christians."
Other Assyrialogists such as Simo Parpola, Robert D. Diggs, Giorgi Tsereteli, and Iranologists like Richard Nelson Frye have come to the same conclusion. Assyrians Beyond the Fall of Nineveh presents historical and archaeological evidences to document these facts. It provides information about the survival of the ancient Assyrians after their fall, in the cities of Ashur, Hatra, Nineveh, Harran, and other places. Evidences suggest that some aspects of the ancient Assyrians religion and culture survived into the Christian era among their descendants. The 2nd part of the book deals with the history of the Christians of Iraq, who consider themselves descendants of the ancient Assyrians, but since the 2003 invasion of that country by the United States, they have been subjected to various forms of persecutions, by the Islamists. Assyrians Beyond the Fall of Nineveh describes their extreme suffering, heroism, and achievements.
About the author
William M. Warda was born in Iran; he arrived in the United States to further his education and has lived there since. He has done extensive Research about the history of the ancient Assyrians after the fall of Nineveh, and about the history of the Christian Assyrians. He has written dozens of articles about these two subjects that have been published in the Assyrian publications, and on the Internet. In 2003 he established the www.christiansofiraq.com website, to bring to the attention of the world, the persecution of the Christians of Iraq by the Islamist. Warda has served as the president and member of the board of directors of the Assyrian American Association of Southern California.