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Fred Tamimi, a special Assyrian

Nov-08-2000 at 11:56 PM (UTC+3 Nineveh, Assyria)

Fred Tamimi, a special Assyrian

Fred Tamimi was born in 1910 in Goolpashan, Urmia, Iran to Abraham and Mariam Tamimi. In 1918, Mr. Tamimi and his family fled to Baquba, Iraq, just like all the other Assyrians there who escaped the massacres of the Turks and the Kurds during the Great War. Soon, he moved to Baghdad where he attended an Assyrian school founded by the American Presbyterian Mission. After that he studied railroad Engineering and architecture. In 1929, he worked for Colonial Company, constructing railroads from Baghdad to Haifa/Palestine. In 1933, he returned to Iran where he stayed for 13 years working in the Engineering field. Tamimi and his family immigrated to the United States in 1946 and settled in Turlock/California, concentrating in real estate and general construction projects. In 1969, he founded the Tamimi Assyriology Foundation to promote scientific research into the history and culture of the Assyrians.

Fred Tamimi has authored numerous articles on the contribution of Assyrians to world history. He has compiled 15 manuscripts supporting his theories based on linguistic research, proving Assyrian beginnings of all major cultures of the ancient world, many of such findings remain unpublished still. In 1971, he was invited to Iran by the Imperial Court and two American foundations to study cuneiform documents of the Pahlavi Library in connection with his research in ancient languages. In 1973, he traveled to UC-Berkeley to confer with a visiting Harvard Assyriology professor on translation of the Assyrian Record of Creation. In April 1979, he visited Baghdad at the invitation of the government of Iraq to discuss his findings! Without any warning, Fred Tamimi passed away on May 22, 1980 in a Modesto Hospital at the age of 69, one year after his return from Baghdad. With his sudden death Assyrians lost a champion of the Assyrian contribution to world history. He challenged many of the existing theories, publicized the Assyrian name and stirred the pride of the Assyrian people in their own identity.

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May June 1980 issue, Vol. 3, No. 3

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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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