Template talk:Syriac Christianity

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Maronites (including those in Cyprus) and Melkites are not "Syriacs" according to most observers and scholars who wrote about the Middle Eastern ethnic groups or other minorities, some activists are making a mess of all this with no scientific backing at all, the "Syriacs/miniproject" page proves that the purpose is of a political/nationalist/religious nature, nothing to do with the purpose of an encyclopedia. --Pylambert 22:01, 23 January 2006 (UTC)

I changed the title from Syriacs to Syriac Christianity, as the articles included in the box are linked to Syriac Christianity and not to the controversial Syriacs article: there is no such thing as a "Syriacs" ethnic group or nation including all the religious groups mentioned in the box. Those who advocate the use of "Syriacs" instead of "Assyrians" failed to sustain their position with any scientific source (sociology, political science, history, books or articles published in scientific journals or by scientific presses). --Pylambert 13:38, 5 February 2006 (UTC)

Sure there is[edit]

Please check out the Final Declaration of the foundation convention of the European Syriac Union, representing the following organisations:

  1. Syrianska-Assyriska Riksförbundet i Sverige
  2. Renyo Hiro Magazine (Sweden)
  3. Union of the Syriac Associations in Switzerland
  4. Union of the Assyrian-Syriac Associations in Germany
  5. Bethnahrin Information Bureau in the Netherlands
  6. Institut Mésopotamie de Bruxelles
  7. Centre de Peuple de Mésopotamie
  8. Assyrian-Syriac Culture Club of Vienna
  9. Assyrian-Chaldean-Syriac Union (ACSU)
  10. Union of the Free Women of Bethnahrin (HNHB)
  11. Union of the Youth of Mesopotamia (HCB)


Benne, you're definitely a very bad student if you rely for your thesis on that sort of sources, I was referring to "any scientific source (sociology, political science, history, books or articles published in scientific journals or by scientific presses)", not to activists for one side or the other. You may have some linguistic knowledge about Aramaic languages, but you lack any historical and sociological knowledge about them, and your interventions on wikipedia only bring more confusion. --Pylambert 18:25, 5 February 2006 (UTC)
You're definitely a very arrogant contributor. How can scientists determine someone's identity? They should rely on what the people themselves choose as a self-appellation. Just waving with titles of books written by self-proclaimed scientists doesn't mean your argumentation is scientifically sound.
And if you want names of scientists: check out Theodor Nöldeke's Syriac grammar, Hans Hollerweger, John Joseph: Assyria and Syria: Synonyms? -- you'll find a refutation of your claim that Armenian "Asori" means "Assyrians".
Linguists are not reliable on this, sociolinguists do. Besides, Assyrians is the official ethnonym used not only in Armenia (official government documents and websites in English use it too), but also in Australia (censuses) and New Zealand (censuses), see Assyrian diaspora with census categories and results. Syriacs, in English, only refers to the Syriac Orthodox and Catholics, idem in French with Syriaques. The discussion over Assyrians and Syrians in the Armenian language in John Joseph's article does not concern present-day Assyrians but very clearly the Antiquity, yet another example of your trying to mislead people with false statements and misinterpreting scientific datas ! And he quotes himself very clearly on the matter of present-day Assyrians: "What I did write in my Preface was that the Nestorians “are known also as Assyrians, a name commonly used in reference to them only since the First World War.”[Italics added.]". Pylambert 06:10, 9 February 2006 (UTC)
Before lecturing other people about their own ethnicity maybe you should

study a little further the subject ... and why not meet some syriacs ! The question of the name of our people is an unresolved question that has been debated for centuries. But all the different "factions" : chaldeans, assyrians, arameans or syriacs allways said that they were one people. and by the way maronites considers themselves syriacs too ! you obviously never met one ...

Nestorian is a misnomer, an insult to a member of the Church of the East[edit]

That is a term used by non Church of the East members given to them by the Byzantines. It was an insult then and an Insult now. Aturaye has always been the name of the nation. Some say Asuraye, Athuraye, or Ashuraye. This is before the British "discovered" them.

There is no dispute anymore.[edit]

If you read the title it says Syriac Christian. Not Syriacs.

Not for long, Benne has already changed it back, so I put back the accuracy banner. --Pylambert 10:07, 10 February 2006 (UTC)

Anyone else who objects to this template?[edit]

At the moment, only Pylambert appears to be objecting to the template. The only objective of the template is to provide a device for showing the various self-appellations of the people who have for centuries been calling themselves Suryoye/Suryaye, an Aramaic name meaning simply "Syrians". More recently, the name "Syriacs" has been coined to avoid confusion with the citizens of the Arab Republic of Syria. --Benne ['bɛnə] (talk) 00:24, 11 February 2006 (UTC)

I indeed object for all reasons already explained above, and in related articles. Its content is outrageously propagandist (it points towards a few Zionist-like anti-Arab Middle Eastern Christian activists, mostly in North America, who are trying to build the concept of a non-Arab Christian minority and to convince the U.S. authorities to help them create a sort of non-Arab Christian Israel in the Middle East, preferably in Lebanon) as there is no serious scientific reference:
  • that uses "Syriacs" as a designation for present-day Neo-Aramaic Christians (Assyrians, or "Assyrian people"), as "Syriacs" is only used in English and in French for the Syriac Orthodox and Syriac Catholic churches
  • that includes in the category of present-day Neo-Aramaic Christians followers of the Maronite Catholic Church, of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church and of the Antiochian Orthodox Church
  • that lists Cypriot Maronite Arabic and Lebanese Arabic among the languages of the present-day Neo-Aramaic Christians


Obviously, Benne coined the term Syriacs himself and wrongfully tries to impose it on wikipedia and on all articles pertaining to Assyrians. This is not acceptable. I always try to put references for statistics (see Assyrian diaspora e.g.) and for other contributions, or even a larger bibliography when possible (Assyrians in Iran e.g.). Benne on the contrary seems to be getting information directly from some voices (like Joan of Arc) and neglects to sustain his modifications and creations by any scientific reference. He even misuses existing references, see above ("Sure there is"). --Pylambert 00:45, 11 February 2006 (UTC)

Based on Google hits, I don't think he made up the term himself. --Khoikhoi 00:53, 11 February 2006 (UTC)
Pylambert, I back you on everything, but I have to disagree with you on this. Benne did not coined the term Syriacs himself. It has always been used by despora christians of Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon. Chaldean 01:00, 11 February 2006 (UTC)
The designation exists indeed, but it applies to only two Churches, with the less numerous followers among the Assyrians, but including millions of Indians (in India) who are surely not ethnically related to present-day Neo-Aramaic Christians. --Pylambert 01:03, 11 February 2006 (UTC)

Move to Template:Syriac Christianity[edit]

I still think that Syriacs could be defined as an ethnicity, based on a common language and religious culture, but to avoid deletion, I moved this template to Syriac Christianity, a title that might just as well or perhaps even better define that shared identity. In the end, though the people have been referred to as Syrians for centuries, the name Syriacs is of quite recent origin, and apparently not accepted by all the people concerned. --Benne ['bɛnə] (talk) 21:30, 20 February 2006 (UTC)

TfD debate[edit]

This template survived a discussion on TfD. See Wikipedia:Templates for deletion/Log/2006 February 15. -Splashtalk 01:31, 23 February 2006 (UTC)

Nonaramaic languages[edit]

It doesn't make sense. And if where going to do that then why not add Iraqi arabic and Turkish? Chaldean 23:09, 14 September 2006 (UTC)

You've got a point. In that case German, Swedish, and Dutch should be included as well. However, I think Garshuni deserves to be mentioned, since it is used by Syriacs only. --Benne ['bɛnə] (talk) 18:29, 15 September 2006 (UTC)
Your right. Chaldean 22:39, 15 September 2006 (UTC)
By the way, the template does just look organized. Maybe we should give it a new look. Chaldean 23:10, 15 September 2006 (UTC)
And also Cypriot Maronite Arabic needs to be included, I think.
Sure, go ahead. I was the one who started this template, but I'm not very talented when it comes to graphics ... --Benne ['bɛnə] (talk) 11:06, 16 September 2006 (UTC)

Assyrian Evangelical Church[edit]

Is it that necessary to list it? I thought it would be good to list just the major ones. All these small Churches are really irrelevant as they are fairly new and have contributed to Syriac Christianity very little historically. Chaldean 21:09, 4 August 2007 (UTC)

You've got a point, but I just moved it from the list of self-appellations to the list of churches, where it --self evidently-- more appropriate. In what extent is the Ancient Church of the East relevant, in your opinion? --Benne ['bɛnə] (talk) 13:03, 5 August 2007 (UTC)
Well the Ancient Church of the East is more relevant then these small protestant Assyrian churches because of numbers. Chaldean 13:52, 5 August 2007 (UTC)

Aramaeans[edit]

stop linking to Aramaeans, the article on the pre-Christian people. I realize that modern Assyrians are also called Aramaeans. They are still discussed at Assyrian people, which clearly states "also called Aramaeans" from the very beginning. dab (𒁳) 06:59, 9 August 2007 (UTC)

I tried to put the template on its feet by listing "Churches" as the main division of "Syriac Christianity", and by avoiding repetition of links. This might still be made more useful by some sort of tabular arrangement that makes clear which group and which language is associated to which Church. dab (𒁳) 07:09, 9 August 2007 (UTC)
I agree, linking to Aramaeans is redundant. But Benne is over-sensitive about this. — EliasAlucard|Talk 09:13 09 Aug, 2007 (UTC)

If we did have an article on "Aramaean Assyrians", as we have "Chaldean Assyrians" or "Syriac Assyrians" (the latter is a particularly pointless coinage), we could link to it. But as long as we don't have an article, we cannot link to it. If we want to create a "Aramaean Assyrians", we would of course need to show that this is a valid subgroup along the lines of "Syriac Assyrians". Looking at the evidence available on-wiki, the situation present itself as follows (please expand and correct):

church Syriac Orthodox
Syriac Catholic
Assyrian Church of the East Chaldean Catholic Maronite Church
people/self-designation Syriac Assyrians / Aramaeans Nestorians / Assyrians Chaldeans Maronites
dialect Bohtan Neo-Aramaic, Mlahsô, Turoyo Assyrian Neo-Aramaic Chaldean Neo-Aramaic, Hértevin, Koy Sanjaq Surat, Senaya

dab (𒁳) 08:28, 9 August 2007 (UTC)