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Assyrians Beyond the Fall of Nineveh

Feb-20-2013 at 10:11 PM (UTC+3 Nineveh, Assyria)

Assyrians Beyond the Fall of Nineveh
by William M. Warda

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Assyrians Beyond the Fall of Nineveh
by William M. Warda — author, historian, activist.

Book Details

  • 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

Book Cover

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.

Book Description

“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.”

William M. Warda
Assyrians Beyond the Fall of Nineveh

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.

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 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.

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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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