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and their restitution to China%2C remains a controversial issue. %0D%0A%0D%0A%22From a moral point of view%2C the artifacts should be returned. The Chinese government should%2C at the appropriate time%2C through the appropriate legal and diplomatic channels%2C try to retrieve the artifacts%2C%22 said Rong Xinjiang%2C a Dunhuang expert at Beijing University. %0D%0A%0D%0AAt the same%2C however%2C the dispersal of these treasures has turned Dunhuang studies into a global endeavor%2C with scholars from many countries laboring hours on end in musty libraries to decipher and interpret the manuscripts. %0D%0A%0D%0AWritten in rare%2C dead languages ranging from Tangut to Runic Turkic%2C the manuscripts deal with a gamut of concerns%2C including historical records%2C Buddhist sutras%2C Taoist tracts and medical treatises%2C calendars%2C astronomical charts%2C literature%2C poetry%2C folk songs%2C real estate deals%2C and even the model for an apology from a drunken guest to his host. %0D%0A%0D%0APrompted by the desire to see all Dunhuang artifacts in one place%2C the International Dunhuang Project was launched in 1993 at the behest of the British Library%2C and the treasures from the Hidden Library are now being made available through the project%27s Web site%2C http%3A%2F%2Fidp.bl.uk%2F. %0D%0A%0D%0AThe Mellon Foundation also is spending %243 million to reunite a selection of the treasures from Mogao in cyberspace. %0D%0A%0D%0A%22The comprehensiveness of Dunhuang is its most outstanding feature%3A 800 years of pictorial history%2C%22 says Dr. Sarah Fraser%2C an art historian at Northwestern University who heads the Mellon Foundation%27s project and who has studied the relationship between the sketch books found in the Hidden Library and the finished murals. %0D%0A%0D%0AThe Silk Road region where Marco Polo traveled is rich in many peoples%27 heritage. .

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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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