Shimun XXI Benyamin

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Benyamin XXIII Shimun
His Holiness
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Mar Shimun XXI Benyamin on or before 1913
Church Assyrian Church of the East
Diocese Patriarchal Diocese of Qodshanis
See Apostolic See of Seleucia-Ctesiphon
Installed 30 March 1903
Term ended 3 March 1918
Predecessor Mar Shimun XVIII Rouel (1860/1861-1903)
Successor Mar Shimun XXII Paulos (1918–1920)
Rank Catholicos-Patriarch
Personal details
Born 1887
Qodshanis, Hakkari, Ottoman Empire
Died 3 March 1918(1918-03-03) (aged 30)
Salmas, Persia
Nationality Assyrian
Denomination Christian, Assyrian Church of the East
Residence Qodshanis, Hakkari, Turkey and later Urmia, Persia
Occupation Cleric

Mar Shimun XXI Benyamin (1887– 3 March 1918) (Syriac: ܡܪܝ ܒܢܝܡܝܢ ܫܡܥܘܢ ܥܣܪܝܢ ܘܩܕܡܝܐ‎) was a Catholicos Patriarch of the Assyrian Church of the East.


He was born in 1887 in the village of Qochanis in the Hakkari Province, Ottoman Empire (modern-day southeastern Turkey). His paternal uncle was Mar Shimun XVIII of Rubil patriarch from 1860 to 1903), and Asyat, daughter of Kambar from Iyl. He had six siblings: Isaiah, Zaya, Rolus (who succeeded him as Patriarch), David, Hormizd, Surma.[1] His brother Hormizd was later killed while studying in Istanbul during the Deportation of Armenian intellectuals on 24 April 1915.

He was consecrated a Metropolitan on March 1, 1903 by his uncle, the Catholicos Patriarch who died on March 16, 1903. He succeeded his predecessor at the age of eighteen and occupied the patriarchal See of Seleucia-Ctesiphon at Qudchanis for 15 years. In March, 1918, Mar Benyamin along with 150 of his bodyguards were assassinated by Simko Shikak (Ismail Agha Shikak), a Kurdish agha, in the town of Salmas (Persia) under a truce flag (see Assyrian Genocide).[2][3]


  • "It is impossible for me and my people to surrender after seeing the atrocities done to my Assyrian people by your government; therefore my brother is one, my people are many, I would rather lose my brother but not my nation."[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Shumanov, Vasily. "Mar Binyamin Shimmun". The Lighthouse. 
  2. ^
  3. ^ Reforging a Forgotten History: Iraq and the Assyrians in the Twentieth Century by Sargon Donabed. Edinburgh University Press.
  4. ^ Mar Benyamin


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Assyrian Church of the East titles
Preceded by
Mar Shimun XVIII Rubil
Catholicos-Patriarch of the Church of the East
Succeeded by
Mar Shimun XXII Paulos