The Modern Assyrians of the Middle East

Encounters with Western Christian missions, archaeologists, and colonial power


This is a revised edition of the author's The Nestorians and Their Muslim Neighbors (Princeton University Press, 1961). Early in the nineteenth century, the Aramaic-speaking "Nestorian" Christians received special attention when American Protestant missions decided to educate and reform them to help meet the challenge that Islam presented to the growing missionary movements.
When archaeologist Layard further publicized the historic minority as "Assyrians", the name acquired a new connotation when other forces at work in the region - religious, nationalistic, imperialistic - entangled these modern Assyrians in vagaries and manipulations in which they were outnumbered and outclassed.
The study examines Western Christendom's current position on Islam, with emphasis on the Roman Catholic Church and the World Council of Churches. The revision draws on a wide variety of sources not used in the original.
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Biographical Note

John Joseph, Ph.D. (1957) in Middle Eastern History, Princeton University, is Lewis Audenreid Professor of History, emeritus, at Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, Pennsylvania. His published works have been mainly on Christians of the Syriac tradition.


All those interested in Middle Eastern minorities, particularly the modern Assyrians and their ancient church, or in missions to the Muslims world, and the ecumenical movement since World War II.


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