Let Them Not Return

Let Them Not Return : Sayfo a " The Genocide Against the Assyrian, Syriac, and Chaldean Christians in the Ottoman Empire

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The mass killing of Ottoman Armenians is today widely recognized, both within and outside scholarly circles, as an act of genocide. What is less well known, however, is that it took place within a broader context of Ottoman violence against minority groups during and after the First World War. Among those populations decimated were the indigenous, largely Christian Assyrians who lived in the borderlands of present-day Turkey, Iran, and Iraq. This volume is the first scholarly edited collection focused on the Assyrian genocide, or "sayfo" (literally, "sword" in Assyrian), presenting historical, psychological, anthropological, and political perspectives that shed much-needed light on a neglected historical atrocity.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 274 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 20.32mm | 498.95g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1785334980
  • 9781785334986
  • 1,379,958

Table of contents

PrefaceAcknowledgementsIntroduction: Contextualizing the Sayfo in the First World WarDavid Gaunt, Naures Atto, Soner O. BarthomaChapter 1. How Armenian was the 1915 Genocide?Ugur Umit UngorChapter 2. Sayfo Genocide: The Culmination of an Anatolian Culture of ViolenceDavid GauntChapter 3. The Resistance of Urumia Assyrians to Violence at the Beginning of the Twentieth CenturyFlorence Hellot-BellierChapter 4. Mor Dionysios 'Abd an-Nur Aslan: Church Leader during a GenocideJan J. van GinkelChapter 5. Syriac Orthodox Leadership in the Post-Genocide Period (1918-1926) and the Removal of the Patriarchate from TurkeyNaures Atto & Soner O. BarthomaChapter 6. Sayfo, Firman, Qafle: The First World War from the Perspective of Syriac ChristiansShabo TalayChapter 7. A Historical Note of October 1915 Written in Dayro D-Za'faranSebastian BrockChapter 8. Interpretation of the 'Sayfo' in Gallo Shabo's PoemSimon BirolChapter 9. The Psychological Heritage of Sayfo: An Intergenerational Transmission of Fear and DistrustOnver A. CetrezChapter 10. Seyfo and Denialism: A New Field of Activity for Agents of the Turkish RepublicRacho DonefChapter 11. Turkey's Key Arguments in Denying the Assyrian GenocideAbdulmesih BarAbrahamChapter 12. Who Killed Whom? A Comparison of Political Discussions about the Genocide of 1915 in France and SwedenChristophe PrematBibliographyIndex
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Review quote

"With a list of top-notch contributors, this is an excellent addition to what little is currently available on this under-researched genocide. The organization of the contributions and the volume's breadth of scope are particularly impressive." * Marc Levene, University of Southampton
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About David Gaunt

David Gaunt is Professor of History at the Centre for Baltic and East European Studies, Sodertorn University, and a member of the European Academy. He has written extensively on mass violence and genocide in Eastern Europe and in the Ottoman Empire. His Massacres, Resistors, Protectors (2006) is considered the seminal work on the Assyrian and Syriac genocide. Naures Atto is a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in World Christianities and their Diaspora in the European Context and Primary Investigator in the Aramaic Online Project at the University of Cambridge. She is the author of Hostages in the Homeland, Orphans in the Diaspora: Identity Discourses among the Assyrian/Syriac elites in the European Diaspora (2011). Soner Onder Barthoma is an independent researcher in the field of Political Science and co-coordinator of the Erasmus+ Aramaic Online Project at Freie Universitat Berlin. His recent publications include the articles 'Minority Rights in Turkey: Quo Vadis, Assyrians?' and 'The Transformation of Social Capital among Assyrians in the Migration Context'.
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