Armenian–Assyrian relations

Armenian-Assyrian relations go back as much as 2900 years as the Kingdom of Urartu was under the Assyrian empire rule from 825 BC to 617 BC. [cite book
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] Both groups have lived in the same geographic area for centuries and relations between them have been traditionally good. Both groups were one of the first nations to accept Christianity, which has connected the two very close to one another throughout historic times. During World War I, they shared the same fate as victims of genocide in the decaying Ottoman Empire.

Today, mixed marriages between Assyrians and Armenians in the Republic of Armenia and more importantly in the diaspora is relatively common as the two share a close culture. [ [http://www.zindamagazine.com/html/archives/1999/aug16_1999.htm Assyrians in Armenia - Bet-Nahrain] ]

History

The Assyrian-Armenian interrelations and interactions history numbers many centuries, both in pre-Christian and post-Christian era. For times Armenians and Assyrians were the most close neighbors and this neighborhood is reflected in the relations: they have a lot of common points in the culture, ritualism and life and manners. [ [http://www.atour.am/tezis.htm Assyrians and Armenians: The history of interrelations and interactions for centuries.] ] Historically, the homelands of two communities overlapped geographically and today, it is very common to have Armenians and Assyrians living in the same villages in Syria, Iraq, Iran. As was the same case in the Van, Hakkari, Siirt provinces of Turkey before the genocides as well.

Genocide

The Armenians and Assyrians both suffered a genocide within the Ottoman empireBurning Tigris, The: The Armenian Genocide and America's Awakening to International Human Rights By Peter Balakian] . The genocides were committed against mostly the Christian populations of the Ottoman Empire. Burning Tigris, The: The Armenian Genocide and America's Awakening to International Human Rights By Peter Balakian]

References

ee also

*Assyrians in Armenia


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