Welcome to the home of the indigenous
Aramaic-speaking Christian Assyrians of the Middle East.
of today are the descendants of the ancient Assyrian people, one of
the earliest civilizations emerging in the Middle East, and have a
history spanning over 6760 years.
Assyrians are not Arabian or Arabs, we are not
Kurdish, our religion is not Islam. The Assyrians are Christian,
with our own unique language, culture and heritage. Although
the Assyrian empire ended in 612 B.C., history is replete with
continuous presence of the Assyrian people till the present
Assyria, the land of the indigenous Assyrians ["Our
Smallest Ally"], was
partitioned after World War I by the victorious
is currently under occupation by Kurds, Turks, Arabs and Persians.
The Assyrians are a stateless people and continue to be
religiously and ethnically persecuted in the Middle East due to
Islamic fundamentalism, Arabization and Kurdification policies, leading to
land expropriations and forced emigration to the West.
Nineveh, Assyria [Bet-Nahren]
The Assyrian homeland is located in northern Iraq, northwestern
Iran, southeastern Turkey and eastern Syria.
The word Atour means Assyria in the
language and the land of the stateless Assyrians.
the land of the indigenous Assyrians ["Our
Smallest Ally"], was partitioned after World War I by the victorious
Allies, and is
currently under occupation by Kurds, Turks, Arabs and Persians.
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\ã-'sir-é-ä\ n (1998)
1: an ancient empire of Ashur
a democratic state in Bet-Nahren, Assyria (northern Iraq, northwestern
Iran, southeastern Turkey and 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 —
Ethnicity, Religion, Language
Israeli, Jewish, Hebrew
Assyrian, Christian, Aramaic
Saudi Arabian, Muslim, Arabic
\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.
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
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.