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Assyrians: The Continuous Saga

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Assyrians: The Continuous Saga

Assyrians: The Continuous Saga
By:  Frederick A. Aprim

History - Middle East, 309 pages
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation, January 4, 2005
Book Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds.
ISBN: 1-4134-3857-1 (Hardcover)
ISBN: 1-4134-3856-3 (Paperback)

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Assyrians have been deprived of their rich heritage in their ancestral
homelands in Mesopotamia.
From one side, history curriculum taught in the Middle East's public schools is manipulated and it focuses predominantly on the region's Islamic era. Such curriculum is grossly altered and rewritten to suit a meticulously planned ‘Arabization,’ ‘Turkicization,’ and more recently Kurdification process of the Assyrians. From the other side, some historians question the continuation of ancient Assyrian civilization and people. Furthermore, certain Old Testament nonfavorite images of Assyrians are dominant in literature. Thus, unbiased publications and historical references regarding the survival of Assyrians since the fall of their Imperial capital Nineveh are of great importance.


This is a very important and much needed book that should have been written long ago. The author traces the history of the Assyrians from the fall of their Empire to the present day and convincingly demonstrates the unbroken continuity of Assyrian identity through the millennia in the middle of endless persecutions. This dispassionate yet captivating book corrects many misconceptions about the Assyrians, both ancient and modern. Dr. Simo ParpolaIt is a must for every modern Assyrian and Assyriologist, and of considerable interest to the general public as well. I personally started reading it from Chapter 10, "The so-called Assyrian cruelty," and couldn’t stop reading.

Dr. Simo Parpola
Professor of Assyriology
University of Helsinki, Finland
Director and Editor-in-Chief
Neo-Assyrian Text Corpus Project
(State Archives of Assyria)

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