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Assyrians mentioned in "Baghdad and Beyond" by M. Dickson

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Assyrians mentioned in "Baghdad and Beyond" by M. Dickson

Jun-16-2000 at 03:20 AM (UTC+3 Nineveh, Assyria)

"Baghdad and Beyond"
by Mora Dickson

Mora Dickson was born and brought up in Scotland. She first studied painting at Edinburgh College of Art. In 1951 she married Alec Dickson and joined him in his work at Man O'War Bay, training young people in Africa. In 1955, she accompanied her husband to Baghdad when he was appointed the Head of the UNESCO Technical Assistance Mission in Iraq and continued working with young volunteers serving all over the world.
Her book, "Baghdad and Beyond" was published in 1961, and it speaks of her travels in Iraq.
In Chapter IX, she wrote: "It seemed to me wrong to be living in Baghdad and to make no effort to show any sign of friendship or recognition towards any of the numerous small groups of Christian minorities there."
And she continued: "We knew many Assyrians, a people whose homelands are in the mountain country on the Iraq-Turkish-Iran border, who have been persecuted, defeated, driven out by successive conquerors till they are today virtually homeless."
She wrote about her unique experience attending the Assyrian Church service at the church in "champa"/Baghdad and witnessing an Assyrian Christening at another occasion. She decribed her communion as such: "So we moved slowly behind the long line of women towards the alter. There was no flicker in the old priest's face to differentiate between me and the rest of his flock, he never looked especially in my direction. I opened my mouth and he laid the bread upon it and blessed me and I passed on across the alter and received the wine from the server. It was a moment full of emotion, and perhaps the first time that I had truly realized that Christ died for all men and not simply for those of the race and colour to which I happened to belong."

In chapters XV and XVI, she spoke about her experience with the Assyrians in Harir and Diana (villages in north Iraq). And finally in chapter XVII, she mentioned about her encounter with the Chaldean priest in 'Aqra, and she wrote: "... Up to this moment I had not fully grasped what the Chaldean community consisted of, but now we discovered that there were a number of nuns in the house on top of us. Chaldean is the name given to those Assyrians who in 1552, led by one of their bishops, accepted the authority of Rome. They retain to a certain extent their own ecclesiastical constitutions and discipline, and have within their fold approximately 70% of the Assyrians."

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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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