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Starting with the biographical story of a 92 year old Chaldean woman from northern Iraq and a biography of a Kurdish Jewish woman now living in Israel, Adelman writes about the history of Christians and Jews in the Middle East. Their languages, dialects of the 3000 year old Aramaic language, are under threat, and their homelands continuously threatened by war.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
Availability: In stock
SKU (ISBN): 978-1-4632-3904-6
Publication Status: In Print

Publication Date: Jul 10,2018
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 320
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-4632-3904-6
$35.00

In our own lifetimes we may witness the death of a major 3000 year old language—Aramaic-- the ancient imperial language of the Middle East, the language of the Jewish Talmud and the spoken language used by generations of Chaldeans and Assyrians in their villages—until ISIS appeared.  The Jews of Kurdistan have spoken Aramaic since the Assyrian Exile in 722, BCE, but they left Iraq for Israel in the 1950s, where they now raise Hebrew-speaking children.  Even today, Chaldean and Assyrian Christians pray in Aramaic at branches of the Church of East, a church born in Turkey, Persia and Iraq.  Now those in the Diaspora speak other languages.  While Church missionaries once spread their religion and language all across China and down to the southern tip of India; today their territory has contracted down to a small fraction of the Middle East, where they are under existential threat.   

In this book the reader meets a Chaldean great grandmother from Telkaif, Iraq, and a professional woman in Israel whose family comes from Zakho, Iraq.  Their stories illustrate the rich centuries-long traditions that are at risk.  Can the remaining Christians and their language be saved from extinction in their very birthplace?  At least the United States must extend them an umbrella of support so they may rebuild their indigenous communities and train their own militias if they ever hope to resettle safely at home, resume their traditional way of life, and raise children who speak their language.

In our own lifetimes we may witness the death of a major 3000 year old language—Aramaic-- the ancient imperial language of the Middle East, the language of the Jewish Talmud and the spoken language used by generations of Chaldeans and Assyrians in their villages—until ISIS appeared.  The Jews of Kurdistan have spoken Aramaic since the Assyrian Exile in 722, BCE, but they left Iraq for Israel in the 1950s, where they now raise Hebrew-speaking children.  Even today, Chaldean and Assyrian Christians pray in Aramaic at branches of the Church of East, a church born in Turkey, Persia and Iraq.  Now those in the Diaspora speak other languages.  While Church missionaries once spread their religion and language all across China and down to the southern tip of India; today their territory has contracted down to a small fraction of the Middle East, where they are under existential threat.   

In this book the reader meets a Chaldean great grandmother from Telkaif, Iraq, and a professional woman in Israel whose family comes from Zakho, Iraq.  Their stories illustrate the rich centuries-long traditions that are at risk.  Can the remaining Christians and their language be saved from extinction in their very birthplace?  At least the United States must extend them an umbrella of support so they may rebuild their indigenous communities and train their own militias if they ever hope to resettle safely at home, resume their traditional way of life, and raise children who speak their language.

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Contributor Biography

Susan Adelman

Susan Hershberg Adelman MD is a pediatric surgeon well known for her writing. She also is an artist and a silversmith.

Born in Rochester, New York, Dr. Adelman majored in geology at the University of Michigan. There she married Martin Adelman, now Professor of Intellectual Property Law at George Washington University. She graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine, did her internship and surgery residency at Henry Ford Hospital and a Pediatric Surgery fellowship at Children's Hospital of Michigan. 

One of the pioneer women in her field, Dr. Adelman practiced pediatric surgery for almost 30 years. She was the first woman President of the Wayne County Medical Society and of the Michigan State Medical Society. She was elected to the American Medical Association Council of Medical Service, then to the AMA Board of Trustees. She held multiple chairmanships and board positions, and received several prestigious awards. 

Dr. Adelman was Editor of the Detroit Medical News for 17 years and wrote a popular monthly column in AMNews for 10 years. She wrote over 50 articles, over 300 columns and editorials, scientific papers, book chapters and short stories.

Her book, The Rebel: A Biography of Ram Jethmalani, was about a legendary Indian lawyer and senior member of the Indian Parliament. After Saturday Comes Sunday was inspired by her friendship with the 92 year old Chaldean matriarch Norma Hakim. It was love for Norma and her family that stimulated this book.

 

Dr. Adelman’s website is www.doctoradelman.com.

Acknowledgements (ix)
Introduction (1)
What is at Stake (9)
   The People and the Language (13)
      Kurdish Jews (13)
      Assyrians (14)
      Chaldeans (16)
Norma (19)
   Telkaif (20)
   Detroit (25)
Arameans and Aramaic (29)
   Who first spoke the ancient Semitic languages? (31)
   How did they write? (32)
   Is that student a talmid, talmithu, talmidu or talib? (34)
   Old, Imperial, Middle and Late Aramaic (37)
   Eastern and Western Neo-Aramaic (38)
   Dialects (39)
   Can a language die? (39)
The Jews and the Church (41)
   Jewish Background (42)
   Adiabene and Beyond (44)
   Jews in Babylonia (45)
   Jewish Aspects of the Church of the East (48)
The Churches of the East (53)
   The Spread of Christianity in the East (55)
   Nestorians and Jacobites (58)
Islam arrives (65)
   The Koran (67)
   The Pact of Omar (69)
Learned Men, Patriarchs and Schisms (75)
   Schisms (76)
   Patriarchs and Caliphs (78)
Mongols and Turks (81)
Unification with the Catholic Church (89)
   The struggle for survival (89)
   And schism again (90)
The Church Spreads across Asia (95)
   China (95)
   India (102)
The Jews of Kurdistan (113)
   Their History (113)
   Their Lives (116)
   In Zakho (118)
   Saturday in Iraq (121)
   Batia (124)
   In Israel (127)
The Nineteenth Century and Persecutions (133)
   Under attack but still not united (136)
   Storm clouds gather (138)
   All numbers are guesses (140)
   The Hamidian Massacres (142)
The Twentieth Century and Genocide (147)
   The political issues (148)
   Greek Genocide (155)
   Assyrian and Armenian Genocides (157)
Post-World War I (171)
   What about an Assyrian Homeland? (171)
   The Hakkari and Simele Massacres (177)
   Where Could They Settle? (184)
World War II through the Turn of the Century (187)
   Arab Nationalism (187)
   The Nazi Connection (191)
   Turkey (196)
   Iraq (200)
   Syria and Lebanon (209)
   Iran (221)
Sunday in the Middle East (227)
   The Roots in the Koran (228)
   The Radical Movements (230)
   Attacks against Christians (236)
Tomorrow (245)
   Turkey and the Hakkari Mountains (245)
   The Diaspora (247)
   Iraq (250)
   Can the Assyrians defend themselves? (251)
   The Nineveh Plain (254)
   What Does the West Need to Do? (262)
Further Reading (271)
Notes (279) 

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