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Book co-edited by Naures Atto published

last modified Jun 07, 2017 03:04 PM

Let the not return - Naures Atto -coverDr Naures Atto, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in World Christianities and their Diaspora in the European Context and Principal Investigator in the Aramaic Online Project, is one of three co-editors of a new book, Let Them Not Return: Sayfo — The Genocide Against the Assyrian, Syriac, and Chaldean Christians in the Ottoman Empire which has been published by Berghahn Books

The mass killing of Ottoman Armenians is today widely recognized, both within and outside scholarly circles, as an act of genocide. What is less well known, however, is that it took place within a broader context of Ottoman violence against minority groups during and after the First World War. Among those populations decimated were the indigenous Christian Assyrians (also known as Syriacs or Chaldeans) who lived in the borderlands of present-day Turkey, Iran, and Iraq. This volume is the first scholarly edited collection focused on the Assyrian genocide, or “Sayfo” (literally, “sword” in Aramaic), presenting historical, psychological, anthropological, and political perspectives that shed much-needed light on a neglected historical atrocity.

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