BODY OF MAR LUQA (St. LUKE) GAINS CREDIBILITY
Courtesy of New York Times (Oct 16); based on an article by Nicholas Wade
(ZNDA: Damascus) According to a report by Dr. Barbujani and colleagues at the University of Ferrara, Italy last week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States, a new DNA analysis gives tentative support to the belief that the remains in an ancient lead coffin are those of St. Luke, traditionally considered the author of the third Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles.
St. Luke was a native of Antioch, the metropolis of Syria, a junction along many important trade routes of the ancient world, hence very rich, crowded and large. Its inhabitants are said to have been polite, learned and wise. Its schools were the most renowned in Asia, and produced the some of the ablest early Fathers of the Church. Here Mar Luqa (St. Luke) acquired his learning early years, and thereupon traveled to Greece and Egypt to complete his medical studies. St. Paul calls him his most dear physician.
Guido Barbujani, a population geneticist, has extracted DNA from a tooth
in the coffin. He concluded that the DNA was characteristic of people
living near the region of Antioch, on the eastern Mediterranean, where
Luke is said to have been born. Radiocarbon dating of the tooth indicates
that it belonged to someone who died between 72 A.D. and 416 A.D.
Dr. Barbujani and his colleagues speculate that the coffin may have been sent out of Constantinople for safekeeping, either during the reign of the Emperor Julian, who tried to restore paganism, or during the iconoclast period of the eighth century, when many religious images and objects were destroyed.
The coffin is known to have been in Padua at least since 1177 A.D. It was placed in a marble sarcophagus and kept in the Basilica of Santa Giustina. It was last opened in 1562 A.D. and seems to have been somewhat ignored until October 1992. At that time the bishop of Padua, Antonio Mattiazzo, received a letter from Hieronymos, the Orthodox Metropolitan of Thebes, asking that part of the relics to be donated to the site of Luke's tomb in Thebes.
Bishop Mattiazzo, according to an article in November 2000 in Traces, a Catholic journal, decided to investigate the relics under the leadership of Dr. Vito Terribile Viel Marin, a pathologist at the University of Padua. In 1998 the 400-year-old seals were removed from the lead coffin, and the study began.
The dimensions of the coffin exactly fit the tomb in Thebes considered to be Luke's. In the coffin was a skeleton, but not the skull.
Dr. Barbujani and his colleagues say the body appears to have decomposed in the coffin because of matching insect marks on the lead and the pelvis, which has fused to the lead.
The spread in the radiocarbon dating indicates at least two possibilities. One is that the body is that of Luke or a man who died at the same time, the other is that for some reason, a new body was put in the coffin in Constantinople around 300 A.D.
To help distinguish between the two, Dr. Barbujani, an expert on the genetics of European populations, analyzed fragments of DNA from the tooth, a canine, found on the floor of the coffin, and sought to compare them with likely living representatives of the ancient populations of Antioch and of Constantinople. An Antioch match would suggest the body could be Luke's.
Since the present population of Antioch includes many Kurds, Dr. Barbujani sampled the DNA of Syrians from nearby Aleppo [See THE LIGHTHOUSE in last week's issue]. In place of the inhabitants of ancient Constantinople, now Istanbul, he tested Greeks from Attica and Crete.
The DNA from the Padua tooth, a type inherited only through the mother's line, turned out to resemble Syrian DNA more than Greek DNA.
''Our data tell us the body is absolutely compatible with a Syrian origin,'' he said. ''But I am aware of the limitations of the DNA data, and though a broad spectrum of ages is possible, the most likely is 300 A.D.'' Hence both possibilities should remain open, he said.
The body, if indeed it is Luke's, has experienced a simpler voyage through history than the head, which was removed by the Emperor Charles IV in 1354 and taken from Padua to Prague, where it rests in the Cathedral of St. Vitus, in the Prague Castle.
''There were officially two heads of St. Luke, one at Prague and one in Rome,'' Dr. Barbujani said. At Bishop Mattiazzo's request, the Prague skull was brought to Padua and found to fit perfectly to the topmost neck bone. The tooth, found on the floor of the coffin, also fit into the right socket in the jawbone.
Though many relics turn out to be forgeries, executed in modern or medieval times as demand arose, the Padua body seems more likely than most to be what it is claimed to be, although exact proof is lacking.
''I think we should accept that there is no way to tell if it was the Evangelist Luke, but the genetic evidence does not contradict the idea,'' Dr. Barbujani said.
Last October, according to the Traces article, at least part of the body completed the circle to its original resting place. Bishop Mattiazzo sent a rib from the skeleton for Metropolitan Hieronymus to place in the empty Theban tomb.
TURKEY CALLS KDP OUTLAWS, RESPONSE REFERS TO ASSYRIANS
(ZNDA: London) According to a report by BBC Monitoring the Kurdistan Democratic Party issued a statement in response to a Turkish official's remarks during a Kurdistan Satellite TV show in Salah-al-Din, in Sorani Kurdish last week. The statement also referred to Assyrians and Chaldeans as trying "through peaceful means to get their legitimate right of federalism within Iraq".
The following is an excerpt of the statement by Kurdistan Democratic
Party (KDP) made on 20 October by KDP's Central Information Bureau spokesperson
in response to the comments of the Turkish state minister, Abdulhaluk
The gaining of our national right will not in any way become a cause of war or harm to anybody. The people of Iraqi Kurdistan have always tried through peaceful means to get their legitimate right of federalism within Iraq. We hope that now and in the future we will solve our problems with all the people of Iraq -Kurds, Arabs, Turkomans, Assyrians and Chaldean - and solve the problems of Iraq through a democratic dialogue and live together within the framework of a federal and democratic Iraqi state. Such a solution and not war will be the source of happiness and satisfaction for neighboring countries and nations. The only way for war to take place is if the problems were not solved.
For this reason we in the KDP strongly object to what Abdulhaluk Mehmet Cay said. We hope that what he said represents his personal view and not that of a department."
of Birmingham Post (Oct 22)
Artifacts included a relief on a clay tablet of a woman breast- feeding
her child, the first ever to be found. The excavations also yielded
a number of jars, clay tablets, seals used at that time, and toys. A
well and two canals used to carry water to the temple and the houses
and clay basins to collect water were uncovered.
Iraq, and especially northern Bet-Nahrain, contain more than 10,000 archeological sites, most of which have still not been uncovered, according to official statistics.
We Stand Corrected!
With an apology to our readers in Australia we stand corrected in making the reference to a location of murder as being Sydney, whereas it was in fact Melbourne. We are of course referring to last week's story "Assyrian Man Kills ex-Girlfriend in Sydney, Blames Moslems". We meant to say "in Melbourne".
Zinda Magazine thanks our reader, Shamasha Genard Lazar for bringing this error to our attention.
(ZNDA: Washington D.C.) Last week a joint delegation of several Assyrian political parties and the Assyrian American National Federation met with U.S. officials, including Henry Hyde (R-6th Illinois)- chairman of the International Relations Committee. While the less organized Assyrian delegation was presenting a simple statement of future cooperation and understanding to the U.S. officials, elsewhere Mr. Barham Salih, the PUK Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government and Mr. Hoshyar Zebari, head of the KDP International Relations team, were meeting with U.S. officials to discuss recent events in the region including the war on terrorism and the stability of northern Iraq and the future of Iraq. Mr. Salih has asked State Department and National Security Council officials for aid in the PUK's fight against the Islamic group Jund al-Islam.
Some observers in the region believe that the Jalal Talabani's Patriotic
Union of Kurdistan is trying to obtain US and Turkish military intervention
in northern Iraq by claiming that the Islamic militant Osama bin-Laden
is planning to establish an Islamist state in that region. According to
a Kurdish report Barham Salih has reportedly held meetings with the Turkish
Foreign Ministry officials and the Turkish intelligence units in Ankara
regarding Bin-Ladin's activities in southern Kurdistan.
Later on the government in Ankara stated that Turkey "will prevent the coalition that is being established to combat terrorism from launching an attack against Iraq on the basis of such incitements."
Reports of bin-Laden's men working in North Iraq have appeared in the
U.S. journals also. Leading journalists such as William Safire are also
trying to influence the White House and the CIA. Safire for example, in
an article written for New York Times, claims that 400 armed men from
Bin-Ladin's fifth division have settled in northern Iraq. In some Kurdish
circles Barham Salih's briefing to the U.S. officials included "the
attacks that were launched against the United States as well as the probability
of launching an attack against Iraqi President Saddam Hussain within the
framework of the retaliation plan will appear on the agenda."
ASSYRIAN ENTREPRENEUR SHOCKS AUSTRALIAN FINANCIAL MEDIA
(ZNDA: Sydney) Last week, Australian Financial Review took a stab at the illustrious Assyrian entrepreneur, Karl Suleman, the head of Froggy Group [http://www.froggy.com.au] by alluding to his Iraqi origins and asking why he would be willing to shell out $150,000 to sit beside former U.S-president, Bill Clinton at a fundraiser.
Mr. Suleman was born in Baghdad, Iraq and has acquired his undisclosed wealth in running an Internet Service Provider and mobile phone businesses among other establishments in Australia.
Next month, Mr. Suleman is expected to attend the upcoming Melbourne Cup luncheon in Sydney where he will sit side-by-side former-U.S. president, George Bush (the senior).
AFR also notes that Mr. Suleman is Assyrian, "a Middle Eastern race of Christian people, who do not have their own State, but live in muslim-dominated Iran and Iraq. Though he served in Saddam's Iraqi Air Force, Suleman appears to have chosen the business route since moving to Australia, and has made powerful friends in Sydney's Jewish community."
These Jewish friends of Mr. Suleman include the gem prospector Pnina Feldman and husband Rabbi Pinchus Feldman who hold a 10 per cent stake in his internet business, Froggy Holdings.
In a time when the Internet businesses are badly hurting, Mr. Suleman seems to be attracting a different source of cashflow into his loss-making internet businesses, writes AFR. Financial Review identifies Mr. Suleman's shopping trolley collection business as the source.
Yasmin Trolley Services is understood to have recently taken a $150,000 loan, which it is paying back at the rate of $8,000 a month plus 10 per cent interest.
Mr. Suleman remains a generous friend of the Assyrian Church of the East in Australia and the Assyrian performers around the world. At the invitation of Mr. Suleman several members of the Assyrian Universal Alliance in Australia and His Grace Mar Melis, Bishop of the Church of the East in Australia, attended the fundraiser dinner in September and had a chance to discuss the Assyrian issues with former-President Bill Clinton.
YONAN'S BOOK ON GENOCIDE TO BE PUBLISHED IN SPRING 2002
Markus Wiener Publishers has included the long-awaited title "The
Assyrian Genocide: A Documentary History" by Dr. Gabriel Yonan's
(translated from German by Nancy A. Chapple) in its Winter-Spring 2001
Catalog. The book is scheduled to be published in Spring 2002.
$44.95 hard copy
The publisher will also be on hand at the upcoming Middle East Studies Association Exhibition at San Francisco's Hyatt Regency Hotel. Look for Booth #36.
ACADEMIC SOCIETY RECEPTION FOR PETE DAGHER
The Assyrian Academic Society will proudly host a reception in honor
of Peter Dagher, who is running for Congress and representing the 5th
congressional district in Illinois. Mr. Dagher is a first generation American
whose great-grandfather was Assyrian, and his grandmother was Armenian.
He devoted 8 years of service to the Clinton/Gore administration and is
committed to public service, empowering voters, and restoring confidence
and integrity in the US Government.
We look forward to seeing you. All are welcome.
FIRST SYMPOSIUM OF THE CANADIAN SOCIETY FOR SYRIAC STUDIES
University of Toronto
Business Meeting of the CSSS Members
9:00 - 10:00 am Annual Meeting
Programme of the CSSS Symposium: Prof. G. Frame, Toronto, Chair
10:00-10:10 Opening of the Symposium
10:10-10:40 Prof. A. Harrak, Toronto
10:40-11:10 Prof. P.-H. Poirier, Quebec City
11:30-12:00 R. A. Kitchen, Regina, Saskatchewan
12:00-12:30 Prof. S. Griffith, Washington DC,
12:45-1:00 In Praise of Learning: A Syriac Poem by Saint Ephrem the Syrian
1:00-1:30 M. Cassis, Toronto
YOUKHANAS vs. UNITED AIRLINES
Last Monday, as I was doing my weekly browsing through Assyrian websites on the Internet -- which I hadn't done for more than two weeks -- I noticed the Protest site on Zinda Magazine! After a click, I started reading about what we are asked to protest. I clicked a few more links to view other articles about this matter which brought me to a Chicago Tribune article: "3 Men of Arab Descent File A Lawsuit Over Removal From Flight"!! I signed the Protest Letter. What I did next came to me naturally.
I picked up the phone and called Mr. Youkhana whom I knew from my last visit to the U.S. in 1998. After asking about how he and other friends were doing, I asked him for the story. I asked what happened to them on Sep. 25th and why they are now suing United Airline. I still could not figure out from reading the reports on Internet what was true or fiction. Mr. Youkhana told me that this was the first time he was talking about what had happened to him, his son and other friends. He also said that what I'm about to tell the Zinda readers, is the whole story and the whole truth!! I was very interested to know more about him also, since it is also interesting for me and my research on Assyrians. Now I'm going to share all I heard with you, readers of the only Assyrian electronic Magazine.
Mr. Yonadam currently resides in America. He runs several "parking garage" businesses in Chicago and Phoenix. He was born in a village called Deree nearby Amedia in northern Iraq. In 1961 his village was burned down and destroyed, more than 230 villagers of Assyrian descent were killed in the war between Iraqis and Kurds. He lost his father and brother on the same day and after this loss, he and the rest of his family left the place of his birth. They left everything behind.
He lives in Kirkuk, Iraq as a refugee, and then begins moving to other cities- from Baghdad to Mosul and then Basra - trying to establish an existence for himself and his family. Today he talks about those years as "the most miserable years of my life." Living as an Assyrian in that country with that government was almost impossible, not only for me but also for other Assyrians," remembers Yonadam. While in Iraq Mr.Yonadam became involved with the Assyrian national movement until 1971. He was active in several organizations, societies and associations. Many of his friends were either killed in Iraq, fled to Iran or immigrated. Some of them joined the Assyrian Democratic Movement (Zowaa). Even if he loved his country, he was forced like many other Assyrians to leave.
In October 1971 he and his mother went to Lebanon and stayed there for about four months. They applied for a visa to any country that could take them. They finally obtained a visa to America and came to Chicago in February 1972. In only three years he had already established his own parking garage business in downtown Chicago. His company today is very successful.
In addition to opening similar businesses in Australia, in 1999 he decided to build a new branch in Phoenix, Arizona. Yonadam now lives in Chicago and Pheonix with his wife (married in 1979) and four sons. His oldest son, Ninous, who was also on this United Airline flight, is 20 and the youngest is eleven years old.
Mr. Youkhana is involved in many Assyrian churches and social clubs around the world. At the end of August he attended the Assyrian American National Convention in San Jose, as a member of a delegation to the Assyrian Business Club. Ninous attended this convention also. After the convention, Yonadam and his son along with two other Assyrian friends who attended the convention as official representatives of the Assyrian Democratic Movement from northern Iraq decided to fly to Phoenix.
On September 25th, all four of them were on their way back to Chicago. They arrived at the airport on time and got checked in promptly. Their luggage was searched and every thing seemed okay. Yonadam and Ninous while talking and laughing enter a gift store to purchase stuff. Ninous then tells his father in Assyrian: "Bab, Look at that lady; she's been watching us for a while now!" Yonadam takes a look at her and sees that she's a young lady in her mid 30s and sitting in a wheelchair. There was also a gentleman pushing her chair. Mr. Youkhana tells his son not to worry.
After buying the gifts they decide to buy coffee at Starbucks Cafe, but it was closed. So they come back. At this time, they both realize that this lady and her companion are right behind them. Ninous says in Assyrian: "She is watching me too much!" So Mr. Youkhana says: "Maybe she likes you!"
Then they each buy a slice of pizza and sit on the stools. Again they notice the lady and the gentleman only seven or eight feet behind them. Ninous asks his father to talk to her, since he had the impression she doesn't feel comfortable with them. "Please talk to her. May be she feels we are not good people. I think she will cause us problems!" Mr. Youkhana denies his son's request. By this time their friends, who have been shining their shoes come over and get their pizzas. Ninous pays for them and they all sit there and enjoy their pizza. Again they notice the lady and her companion. "She was looking very serious", Mr. Youkhana told me on the phone. Youkhanas and their friends say a few jokes in Assyrian and were enjoying themselves. When Ninous gets up to use the men's room, the lady and her companion were only 30 feets away from them. Mr. Youkhana told me that: "When Ninous left, the lady stood up and started walking. It was obvious she had some problems walking, but she started walking also to the ladies' room, located opposite to the men's."
"She came out sooner than Ninous and waited for him until he exited men's wash room. Once Ninous got closer to us we joked to him saying he was a Saint who made people walk!", Mr. Youkhana remembers. Ninous says to his father: "Bab, we should talk to her and tell her that we are not dangerous." Mr. Youkhana said that he did not find it necessary to talk to her. She had not reacted to anything.
Their flight number 722 was to leave at 2:40 p.m. When it came to boarding passengers, Ninous and Mr. Youkhana's friends changed their boarding numbers, so that Ninous and Sami Shlemon from Northern Iraq and Mr. Youkhana and his friend would sit next to each other, respectively. Upon boarding the plane, it was announced they would have 15 minutes of delay because of a technical problem. They delayed for 20 minutes and then some more.
During this waiting period, Mr. Youkhana and his friend took a nap. Ninous and Sami were talking and looking through the window. Later Ninous recalls: "During this time we saw police cars come in and park under the wings of our airplane". After a long time of waiting, it was announced the flight would be canceled, so the airplane should be evacuated. Because of the seat numbers, Ninous and Sami got out sooner than the other two.
Walking down to the lobby, Ninous and his friend were shown by this Lady and were called out of the line by two FBI agents. Ninous told them: "I know this lady complained about us". FBI agents asked him, "How do you know? Are you Arab, do you speak Arabic?" Ninous replies: "No I'm not Arab; I am Assyrian and I speak an Aramaic language!"
The Lady who was only 25 feet away says: "They were talking Arabic; I have been in Israel and I know Arabic. It was Arabic" "I have a cross around my neck; I am not Arab", says Ninous. He continues: "I am a proud Assyrian Christian and nobody can stop me from talking Assyrian."
Mr. Youkahna approaches them as he was hearing other passengers verbally insulting them. "I kept on watching the passengers and the FBI agents and heard what was going on. Finally I asked the FBI agents what they wanted from Ninous?", says Mr. Youkhana. The FBI agents ask Mr. Youkhana who he was. "He's my son!", replies Mr. Youkhana. The agents then tell him that this lady has been complaining about them and that they had to conduct a search on them again.
Mr. Youkhana tells the FBI agents that he is sorry for what is happening in the U.S. and that whatever happens today has happened to Assyrians 30 years ago in their homeland! "Feel free to do whatever you have to do; we will cooperate with you completely," Mr. Youkhana says to the agents.
Two FBI agents, two Phoenix police officers, and airport security personnel take the Assyrians to a room about 150 feet away. "The six men apologized for what happened and asked if they could search us and our luggage again? We said that it was no problem and that we understand what is going on," says Mr. Youkhana. Since the two Assyrians from northern Iraq were guests of the Assyrian American National Federation and also guests of the American Government, they gave the FBI some contact information. After checking everything, the six men returned the four Assyrians and told the United Airlines employees and the lady that everything was okay. "But they weren't happy!" said Mr. Youkhana. "The lady was taking pictures of us with her disposable camera."
Despite the fact the neither the lady nor the pilot were still not satisfied, Ninous insisted on boarding the same plane. "I was born in the United States of America and I'm a citizen of this country. If there is no problem then why should I wait for the next flight?" says Ninous. Mr. Youkhana was also insisting that they take the same flight and if this lady has problems, then she should be the one waiting for the next flight. But they were all forced by the Captain to wait for the next flight. After it was clear that they would have to wait for the next flight, Mr. Youkhana took out some of his business cards and gave them to the police officers and the FBI agents as well as to the captain and the crew of this flight telling them he would appreciate an apology from them. He also made sure that one of the policemen would give a card to this lady and also any other passenger who wanted to have one. "But this lady refused even getting the card from this policeman!" Mr. Youkhana says. He continues: "The United Airline crew didn't take my card! I told them, I'll wait five days. If I don't hear anything I'll take legal actions. Only two young passengers in their early 20's hugged me and my son as we passed and gave us some support." While waiting for their next flight, our Assyrian passengers saw that their luggage was moved from the plane they just left.
The next flight would take off at 5 p.m. At boarding time, the new staff - three ladies, the captain, and the system manager- came to Youkhanas and their friends and were very courteous to them. Shortly after the plane took off, the flight attendants offered them some wine on the house. Youkhanas and their friends were brought bottles of wine and champagne.
Upon arrival in Chicago, our Assyrian passengers learned about the "Arabs" who had been kicked out of a United Airline plane. Mr. Youkhana waited for seven days and heard nothing from the United Airline. During these seven days he also heard words of apology from six other passengers, three elderly men, and even an Illinois State official. Mr. Youkhana also received phone calls from teachers of his three other sons saying how sorry they have been on hearing such news. Assyrian priests, leaders of local clubs and other personalities called him in the same way. Even the FBI and Phoenix Police wrote to him asking for apology. They wrote that they had made a mistake. After seven days of waiting, Mr. Youkhana filed a lawsuit.
When I asked Mr. Yonadam Youkhana what he was trying to accomplish with this lawsuit he replied: "I am not motivated by money from the Airline, rather receiving some words of apology for the damages incurred by myself, my son and our guests. Especially from that lady. But my first goal is to publicize the Assyrian case, so that afterwards everyone would know about our Assyrian identity".
Ms. Takhsh is working on her Masters Thesis at the Free University of Berlin. She has elected the topic of Assyrian national identity and the question of "Are Assyrians a Nation?" for her research. She plans to continue her research on the role of the Assyrian women in the Assyrian national movement during her years as a PhD candidate.
The Assyrian Tragedy, February 1934
Pete Dagher (day-gur) is a first generation American who is fulfilling the vision of the "American Dream". The son of immigrants, Pete grew up in the north side of Chicago and Skokie, Illinois, where his mother raised him and his brother Dan to serve their country and community. Pete's core principles were not only instilled through the influence of his mother, but also through the traditions of a strong Roman Catholic upbringing.
Pete's education includes an undergraduate degree from the University
of Illinois in Chicago and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree
with a focus in management from George Mason University. To pay his college
tuition, Pete worked nights at Dominick's Finer Foods. As a manager, he
promoted customer service and fiscal responsibility and accountability.
During this time, he served as the shop steward for the United Food and
Commercial Worker's Union Local #1540. Pete is a former member of the
Civil Air Patrol, United States Air Force Auxiliary, where he piloted
aircraft while participating in disaster relief in the tri-state area.
His high regard and continued support for the American Armed Forces is
evident w! hen Pete speaks of his only sibling, Major Dan Dagher, who
serves at the Pentagon as a pilot in the United States Air Force.
Following his work at the White House, Pete continued to be pro-active
in his efforts to improve the quality of life of America's youth by co-founding
The Tobacco-Free Schools Institute, and serving as Director of Operations
for the organization.
Hammurabi with astute diplomacy and military leadership defeats local kings of Bet-Nahrain, Elam, Mari, and Eshnunna, and becomes the ruler of a united kingdom extending from the Persian Gulf to the Khabur River in today's Syria. He is primarily remembered for his codification of the laws governing Babylonian life.
A branch of the Syrian Orthodox Church enters communion with Vatican and begins the Syrian Catholic Church. Many members leave their historic homelands in Tur-Abdin and North Iraq and emigrate to Syria in 1920s. Of the 30,000 plus Syrian Catholics a majority live in Aleppo, Damascus, and Jazira.
OCTOBER 26, 1901
The Prince of Iran (Shah's son or Vali-Ahd) visits Urmia and meets with a delegation of the Church of the East. At this meeting he offers his country's support in expanding the jurisdiction of the Church of the East and prevention of further expansion of the Russian Orthodox Mission in northeast Persia (Iran).
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LECTURE: DR. GABRIEL YONAN at SWEDISH PARLIAMENT
Dr. Yonan will be addressing the Swedish Parliament in Stockholm on the important events in the last 100 years of Assyrian history.
ST. MARY'S CATHOLIC CHURCH PARTY
6th Annual Anniversary Party
No Children under 12. Childcare provided at the hotel.
For more info and tickets contact:
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In protest to acquiring the services of a non-Assyrian singer at an event sponsored by an Assyrian church or association, Zinda Magazine urges its readers in the San Francisco Bay Area to boycott this event. Instead please offer your donation of $35.00 or more at the following Sunday’s weekly church collection so that no amount of your offering will be used to compensate a non-Assyrian entertainer and your contribution will be fully expended for the benefit of the Assyrian-Chaldean Church in San Jose.
HALLOWEEN 2001 PARTY WITH WALTER AZIZ
Presented by Assyrian Media Center
Sponsored by the Assyrian TV Committee of San Diego,
MIDDLE EAST STUDIES ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE
Middle East Studies Association of North America Panel
Hyatt Regency Hotel, San Francisco
Dr. Arian Ishaya - Urmia to Baquba: From the Cradle
of Water to Wilderness
FIRST UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO's CSSS SYMPOSIUM
Business Meeting of the CSSS Members
9:00 – 10:00 Annual Meeting
Programme of the CSSS Symposium: Prof. G. Frame, Toronto, Chair
10:00-10:10 Opening of the Symposium
10:10-10:40 Prof. A. Harrak, Toronto
10:40-11:10 Prof. P.-H. Poirier, Quebec
11:30-12:00 R. A. Kitchen, Regina,
12:00-12:30 Prof. S. Griffith, Washington
12:45-1:00 In Praise
of Learning: A Syriac Poem by Saint Ephrem the Syrian
Refreshments will be served during the breaks and at the end of the Symposium.
For more information see Zinda Magazine: October 22 - SURFERS CORNER
AFA ANNUAL DINNER & DANCE PARTY
His Lordship Restaurant
Entertainment: Edmond and His Band. (Ninef)
For reservations contact Flora Kingsbury at 925-672-4534.
AMERICAN ANTHROPOLIGICAL ASSOCIATION ANNUAL MEETING
Daniel Wolk, Univeristy of Chicago
For more info re AAA Meeting in Washington visit: http://www.aaanet.org/mtgs/mtgs.htm
BRITISH MUSEUM LECTURE SERIES
"Medicine vs. Magic in Babylonia"
Contact: Joan Porter MacIver, c/o British Academy
Sponsored by the Assyrian Aid Society of San Diego, California
NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTY
Sponsored by the Assyrian American Association of San
March 17, 2002
AGATHA CHRISTI & THE ORIENT
Revealing Agatha Christie the archaeologist and how her discoveries in the Near East influenced her detective writing.
The hitherto unknown interests and talents of the great crime writer are told through archaeological finds from the sites on which she worked with her husband Max Mallowan at Ur, Nineveh and Nimrud. Important objects from these sites in the Museum's collections are combined with archives, photographs, and films made by Agatha Christie herself.
Personal memorabilia and souvenirs of travel in a more leisurely age are only some of the exhibits which range from first editions of those novels inspired by her other life to a sleeping compartment from the Orient Express, from a lethal 1930s hypodermic syringe to a priceless first millennium ivory of a man being mauled to death
Admissions £7, Concessions £3.50
West Wing Exhibition Gallery Room 28
July 1-4, 2002
48TH RENCONTRE ASSYRIOLOGIQUE INTERNATIONALE
"Ethnicity in Ancient Mesopotamia"
Registration Form: http://www.let.leidenuniv.nl/rencontre/mailform.html
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