Entries by Kristof Nas

Name conflict eastern Christian

Introduction Since the end of the 19th century, Christians from ancient Mesopotamia, such as Chaldeans, Arameans, Assyrians etc., are confronted with name conflicts that have persisted to this day. These name conflicts have always been the result of schisms and the disputes within this framework have evolved from a religious historical background to an ethnically-historical […]

Suraye does not mean Ashuraye

Introduction   The theory that the neo-Aramaic term ‘Suraye’ comes from the Akkadian term ‘Ashuraye’ and is therefore synonymous, is a common theory to convince that Christians in the Middle East, often known as ‘Suraye’ (Syriac), are the ethnic descendants from the ancient Assyrians. We deliberately describe this as a ‘theory’, because this has in […]

Assyrian nationalism

Introduction   Assyrian nationalism[1] is a phenomenon that started in the second half of the 19th century and has seen a great advance during the 20th century. This nationalist movement has been the result of an aspiration for a national consciousness for the Christians in the Middle East. However, the re-use of the name Assyrians […]