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"Mosul and its Minorities"

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"Mosul and its Minorities"

Jun-16-2000 at 01:42 AM (UTC+3 Nineveh, Assyria)

Here are few passage from this book. The author traveled to Mosul and wrote his book from personal experience. He visited Rabban Hurmiz, Deir Mattai, Mar Behnam monsteries and many Assyrian villages. He have many pubications including upon others:
1. The fringe of the East
2. The city of dancing dervishes
3. Anatolica

"For the sake of clearness the Eastern Churches may be grouped in three categories ...."
"The third category is formed by the Uniate Churches. From some of the churches of the first category and from each of those of the second there have seceded at different periods offshoots, which acknowledge the general supremacy of the Pope. They have retained in varying degree their original constitutions, discipline, languages and rites, but are in communion with the Church of Rome.
The churches, with which this book is mainly concerned, are the Nestorian and the Jacobite in the second category, and their respective Uniate offshoots, the Chaldean and the Syrian Catholic, in the third ".

"Mosul's second patriarch is the head of the church formed from these Nestorians, who in the 16th century and after accepted the supremacy of the Pope became Uniate. This church has taken the name "Chaldean," and its ruler, although he lives in the new Nineveh, rejoices in the sonorous title of Patriarch of Babylon."
"The advantages which Rome had to offer in the shape of financial support, better educational facilities (through the admirable school of the Dominicans in Mosul) and, above all, the protection of the European Power as exercised through the French Consulate, proved powerful inducements to the Nestorians of Mosul and the villages of the plain to leave their ancient Church , crushed as it was between Turkish Pasha and Kurdish Agha. And so, only the highlanders of the most inaccessible fastness and valleys of the Hakkari Mountains have remained faithful to Mar Shimun, while the town and the populous villages about it have given their allegiance to his Grace of Babylon, taking their churches and endowments with them into their new obedience."

"Mosul and its Minorities"
by Harry Charles Luke, one time assistant governor of Jerusalem
London, 1925

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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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