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Aisor (Aturai, as they call themselves), a people living in Iran, Iraq, Turkey, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, and the United States, and in the USSR and some other European countries. The total population is over 1 million (22,000 in the USSR in 1959). The modern Assyrian (Neo-Syriac) language belongs to the Hamito-Semitic family of languages. Religious Assyrians are Christians (mostly Nestorians). Most Assyrians are farmers. In some eastern countries Assyrians retain remnants of the tribal structure. In the USSR, most Assyrians live in cities. They regard themselves as descendants of the ancient Assyrians, and a substantial number of them retain many ancient customs, traditions, and cultural elements.


Matveev, K. P. (Bar-Mattai), and I. I. Mar-Iukhanna. Assiriiskii vopros vo vremia i posle pervoi mirovoi voiny (1914–1933). Moscow, 1968.
Wigram, W. A. The Assyrians and Their Neighbors. London, 1929.


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Cuntz also chatted with Mor Samuel Aktas, the Turabdin metropolitan, in the Sarikoyu village, where mainly Assyrian people are living.
Aboona has written several books on the ancient and modern history of the Assyrian people and here explores the origins, modern struggles, and distinctive culture of the Assyrian tribes living in northern Mesopotamia, from the plains of Nineveh north and east to southeastern Anatolia and the Lake Urmia region.
The Cincinnati Art Museum's statuette is a rare example of sculpture-in-the-round from the Assyrian people.
Although the good Assyrian people will do their share gladly and willingly, they, being few and poor, will have to rely mainly on the charity of the generous Catholics of the city.
Wars and religious persecution obliterated their ancestral land decades ago, but the Assyrian people, culture and distinctive language - derived from Aramaic - have survived for more than 7,000 years, Bet Rasho said.