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Who are the Assyrians?

The AssyriansThe Assyrians of today are the indigenous Aramaic-speaking descendants of the ancient Assyrian people, one of the earliest civilizations emerging in the Middle East, and have a history spanning over 6760 years.

Although the Assyrian empire ended in 612 B.C., history is replete with recorded details of the continuous presence of the Assyrian people until the present time.

Assyrians are not Arabian or Arabs, we are not Kurdish, our religion is not Islam.

The Assyrians are the indigenous Aramaic-speaking Christian people of the Middle East, with our own unique language, culture and heritage.

Middle East: AssyriaAssyria, the land of the indigenous Assyrians ["Our Smallest Ally"], was partitioned after World War I by the victorious Allies, and is currently under occupation by Kurds, Turks, Arabs and Persians.

The Assyrians are a stateless people and continue to be religiously and ethnically persecuted in the Middle East due to Islamic fundamentalism, Arabization and Kurdification policies, leading to land expropriations and forced emigration to the West.

For more information, please read about Assyrians.

Assyrian

What is the history of the word Assyrian?

AshurThe English word “Assyrian” comes from classical Greek “Assurios” through Latin “Assyrius”; the Greeks borrowed it in the 8th century BC directly from the Assyrians, who at that time called themselves “Assurayeh,” originating from their capital city “Assur”.

Assyrian

The Aramaic word “Athourayeh” was likewise borrowed from Assyrian, but earlier, in the 12th century BC, when the later “Assurayeh” was pronounced “Athourayeh” [the sound (th) shifted to (s) in Assyrian about 1100 BC]; still earlier, about 2300-1600 BC, the word had been pronounced “Ashur” and “Ashourayeh”. The initial syllable in “Assurayeh” was frequently dropped in the Neo-Assyrian period (900-600 BC), so that “Assurayeh” also had a variant “Surayeh,” which the Greeks took over as "Surios" (the English equivalent being Syrian). There was originally no difference in meaning between Assurayeh/Surayeh and Assurios/Surios; both meant the same thing.

The self-designations of modern Assyrians, Sūryōyō and Sūrāyā, are both derived from the ancient Assyrian word for "Assyrian", Aššūrāyu.

For more information:

The Reality of the Title Assyrian

 Assyrian Names and Meanings for Boys and Girls

What is Atour?

The word Atour means Assyria in the Aramaic language and the land of the stateless Assyrians.

Middle East: AssyriaAssyria, the land of the indigenous Assyrians ["Our Smallest Ally"], was partitioned after World War I by the victorious Allies, and is currently under occupation by Kurds, Turks, Arabs and Persians.

For more information, please read about Assyrians.

The Assyrian Statehood: Yesterday’s Denial and Today’s Moral Obligation

What is this website's perspective on our 'name' issue?

We support an academic viewpoint which defines Assyrians as the national title of our people, as referenced in the Assyrian History Timeline and other online projects and websites.

Assyrian

For more information:

The Reality of the Title Assyrian

 Assyrian Names and Meanings for Boys and Girls

 2010 U.S. Census Form: How-To-Instructions

 U.S. Census 2000 section

What is the best way to share and promote this website's information?

Share64Share32ShareWe support sharing and social networking, and have made this website's documents easier to share with family, friends, and colleagues by having social sharing links within them. Documents have the green-colored "Open Share" icon appearing on the top of the pages, that when clicked, will scroll directly to the end of the page to the social sharing links.

Feel free to share this website's links of important documents on other websites to promote further awareness to the plight of the Assyrians.

For more information:

Assyrian Exchange Network

I have a forum question.

Please browse the Assyrian Forums Help section for frequently asked questions.

Assyrian Forums

I have a search question.

The Assyrian Information Management (AIM) Search feature located on the main page of atour.com and other website sections has an extensive search capability and can help you find documents on this website and related websites. The most relevant content will appear at the top of the search results.

Click on this search link for more information and then type in your keyword(s) or phrases (within "quotes"), in the search box to start your search.

For example: searching for assyrian aid society without quotes, will display many results since assyrian appears in most documents on this website. For better results, search with quotes included: "assyrian aid society"

Examples:

  • david perley
  • agha petros
  • freydun atturaya
  • hurmiz aboona
  • "assyrian aid society"
  • "assyrian democratic movement"
  • dictionary
  • aramaic dictionary
  • "aramaic dictionary"
  • new year
  • akitu new year
  • 2010 state convention
  • 2010 national convention

I'm an activist and would like to publish my materials (articles and images) on this website.

We look forward to working together with you within this online community.
To effectively collaborate on projects, we require activists (including ourselves) to register and post information within the various categories of the Assyrian Forums.

Registration benefits:

  1. editing and community feedback purposes

  2. facilitate communications between activists and coordinate projects

  3. bring awareness to important events and information

Please browse the Assyrian Forums Help section for frequently asked questions.

Additionally, you can also send us information through this contact form. We prefer Open Document files and accept the following attachments.

  • Open Document standards [*.odt, *.ods, *.odp, *.odg, *.ogv, *.oga, *.webm]
  • Word Document [*.doc]
  • Electronic Publication [*.epub]
  • Portable Document File [*.pdf]
  • JPG, PNG, and other attachments.

Activists

I'm searching for the online dictionary to translate some English words to Aramaic and vice versa, where is it located?

The Aramaic Lexicon and Concordance (Aramaic Dictionary) is located in the "Education" section, the main page, and other areas where the link "Shlama" appears (check the greetings above).

This online Aramaic dictionary contains over 72,000 words. After you click on the link above, use the "Help!" section to learn how to install the Estrangelo font which will allow you to properly view the Aramaic words in the dictionary.

http://www.atour.com/dictionary

Aramaic Dictionary

Does this website have RSS feeds?

Does this website have a Facebook page?

Due to SPAM, management, and security concerns, this website does not subscribe to social networking websites such as Facebook or Twitter.

Share64Share32ShareHowever, we do support sharing and social networking. We have made this website's documents easier to share with family, friends, and colleagues by having social sharing links within them. Documents have the green-colored "Open Share" icon appearing on the top of the pages, that when clicked, will scroll directly to the end of the page to the social sharing links.

Feel free to share this website's links of important documents on other websites to promote further awareness to the plight of the Assyrians.

Do you have Assyrian fonts?

A collection of Aramaic (Syriac) fonts can be downloaded for FREE from here: http://www.atour.com/fonts.

To properly display the Aramaic (Syriac) fonts and documents on this website, download and install the following recommended font, (Estrangelo Version 1.1) as used on http://www.atour.com.

For font installation help, view the online Aramaic Dictionary help section.

I'm trying to find information about a recent event, where can I find it?

We recommend information be sent through this contact system to ensure we receive your email message and permission to publish or re-publish your information to promote further awareness.

View the Assyrian Calendar for the latest events, or, search this website to find information.  If the event is not in the calendar, then we have not received any information through this contact form.

We do our best to simplify the process of sending information for future posting on this website to individuals and organizations by displaying this statement at the end of the sections and documents at Atour:

Do you have any related information or suggestions? Please email them.

We recommend contacting the source of that event and suggest using this website's resources to bring further awareness to important projects and events.

Additionally, we highly recommend posting your community news, events, and photographs at the Assyrian Forums to bring further awareness to important information.

Assyrian Calendar

I have a mobile phone or portable digital assistant (PDA) which I use to access the Internet, is there a section on this website which can be viewed on my phone?

Yes, a section was developed specifically for mobile users. Simply enter the following URL web address as a bookmark into your Internet-enabled PDA or mobile phone and your device will then be able to view this website's latest updates.

http://www.atour.com/mobile

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Can I add my website link?

We highly recommend adding your website into the FREE Assyrian Directory to help in promoting your website specifically to Assyrians.

After your website has been successfully added in the Assyrian Directory, it will also be made available to our main search engine. Thus, there will be three new ways of visitors finding your website.

  1. Assyrian Directory - a comprehensive Assyrian web directory
  2. AIM Search - our extensive search engine which also searches the Assyrian Directory
  3. Search Directories - in the near future as Google, Yahoo and other search directories routinely add new Assyrian Directory pages to their website databases on a weekly basis

Click on Add to add your website's information.

Assyrian Directory

We would like to volunteer and write, edit or publish pages for the Assyrian History Timeline and other areas of the website, how is the publishing process of this website?

We look forward to working together with you within this online community.

To effectively collaborate on projects, we require volunteers (including ourselves) to register and post information in the Assyrian Forums, history and other forum categories.

Registration benefits:

  1. editing and community feedback purposes

  2. facilitate communications between volunteers and coordinate projects

  3. bring awareness to important events and information

Please browse the Assyrian Forums Help section for frequently asked questions.

Additionally, you can also send us information through this contact form. We prefer Open Document files and accept the following attachments.

  • Open Document standards [*.odt, *.ods, *.odp, *.odg, *.ogv, *.oga, *.webm]
  • Word Document [*.doc]
  • Electronic Publication [*.epub]
  • Portable Document File [*.pdf]
  • JPG, PNG, and other attachments.

Assyrian Forums

We are requesting permission from this website to reprint or cite some of the material to be published in our media (website, television, radio) which we deem of interest and importance to our Assyrian community.

The information in this website (www.atour.com) is in the Public Domain or Creative Commons, unless otherwise stated as copyrighted by other respective companies, organizations or individuals, and can be reproduced without permission from atour.com.

We respect copyright laws and believe in the fair use of copyrighted work for the purposes of news reporting, teaching, scholarship, research and preservation.

Please make a link from your website pages to this website and use the public domain information in your media programs, publications, websites, radio or television programs to bring further awareness to the plight of the Assyrian nation.

For detailed information, please view our Terms of Service information.

I need someone's email address, can you send it to me?

We do not share email addresses or lists with any organization, company, and/or individual. Email addresses and correspondences are considered private and confidential material.

As an alternative, if your interested in sending and receiving private messages, register in the Assyrian Forums. Registered members have the ability to send and receive private messages with each other by using this system. Your email address is never shown and remains confidential to protect you from SPAM messages. This communications feature allows other registered people within the Assyrian Forums to privately and safely contact you online.

Assyrian Forums

My friends and I would be honored to be added to your mailing list, could you please add our email addresses?

The Atour Newsletter Subscription Center is a mailing list system which allows us to send the Atour Newsletter on a monthly basis to people who have registered their own personal email address with our website.

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How can our company or organization advertise on the Atour website?

There are two options available for Assyrian individuals, organizations and corporations interested in advertising on this website.

Please visit the information section to learn more about this website.

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How often does my advertising banner appear on the website?

The advertising banners of our partners and sponsors are given higher priority placements on our advertising system. The banners will be shown more often than affiliate advertising banners.

When your advertising banner is updated on the system, we will send you an email message with login information (URL, username and password) to access and view the current statistics of your advertisement.

Please visit the information section to learn more about this website.

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This website had an inspirational starting page when I first visited in 1997, is that web page still available?

Founded on December 10, 1996, website development began and on September 06, 1997, atour.com went online. The original web page has been preserved here for posterity.

atour.com website on September 06, 1997.

How can I help this website?

Please visit the information section to learn more about this website.

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