Three Syriac chroniclers had narrated Crusades in their
own language, which was Syriac, an dialect from Aramaic. Syriac communities
did assist to the destruction, by armies, of many towns and cities
in Syria and Upper Mesopotamia, and their situation was weakened.
the great, the Anonymous Edessenian, Bar Hebraeus offered us original
and unique writings, that reflected a different and less partial vision
of events, in a care of justice and truth. Their own vision sometimes
differs from Latin, Byzantine and Arab chroniclers.
chroniclers lived during a troubled era and were the witnesses of
the major events happened in Syria-Palestine, between the XIth and
XIIIth century. These exploits had still a passionate echo
in current public opinion.
After the reading of a such book, many prejudices and bias points of view will disappear, as other facts would be discovered.
Chronicle of Mesopotamia
In this chronicle, the writer choses to report all the period from 1830 to1976. He draw for us politic, social and religious events of Mesopotamia : a history marked with conflicts, joys ans pains. During a long time the land was a part of the Ottoman Empire and later of Iraq. From the top of their moutainous Assyrian-Chaldean village, Sanate, three generations of dwellers watched the ebb and flow of History : Grand-Mother, Father and the Son. They report the facts according to their own sensibility, shared with us their impressions and brought an original vision of world and life.
The flowering of Syriac Philosophers
The writer tell us the history of Syriac philosophers in Syria and Mesopotamia. From the 2nd until the 11th century, these scholars dbated about the major philosophical issues of their time. They also looked back, toward the Golden Greece which had developped science, philosphy, which had created a method of reason and founded a brilliant civilisation. They have felt that human's aim is the improving of spirit. Syriac found schools, attracted students and made them look at the bright face of Knowledge. They wrote original books, translated the major opus of the Greek philosophy : Plato, Aristole, Galen. They realized the transmission of their inheritage to the Arab world, which itself brought it to Western Medieval Europe.
Editions lHarmattan, Paris, mai 2003, 332 pages.
The writer tells us the Syriac chroniclers' epics, which, from the IIIrd until the XIVth century, draw the history of secular and religious events of Eastern. They reported annals, local histories, chronicles, chronographies. They were the first spectators of great period for civilisation and let us documents of high importance. They watched on universe with a different view from the Latin, Greek, Arab and Mongol's one. Without their eleven chronicles, our vision of history would be incomplete.
Editions lHarmattan, Paris, juin 2002, 467 pages.
Scents of Childhood from Sanate, a Christian village in Iraqi Kurdistan
tale leads us in a Christian village lost in the mountains of Iraqi
Kurdistan, during 50s. It provides a colourful vision of Assyrian-Chaldeans'
life, and about family, marriage, death, women, particulars cutosms
of this quite unknown people
Mesopotamie, Paradise of Old Days
writer of this tale, Isho, is a teen ager which
went down from Sanate, a village set up the moutains in Northern Iraq,
for studying in the pittoresque city of Mosul.
The author tells us the Odysseus of Syriac philosophers who, during more than thousand years, from the IInd until XIVth century, pursued their quest of Greek's philosophy, and mainly the Aristotle's one. These Syriacs were ancient Assyrians, Babylonians, Arameans' heirs. They spoke Syriac, an idiomatic Aramaic. They translated the Greek philosophical thinking and provoked, in Near-Eastern and Mesopotamia, its raising and its success. And the most remarkable fact is that they realized the transmission of their science to the Arab world. From them, Arabs took over and passed it in Western.
Editions l'Harmattan, Paris, 1997
The Epics of Tigris and Euphrat
The writer makes us discovering ancient Mesopotamia and its civilisations, which bequeathed us an unvaluable inheritage and changed the fate of mankind. He presents Sumerians, these exceptionnal inventors who watched universe with a new look They founded the first cities and built States. with writing, they introduce man in History. Then Akkadians replaced them and later Babylonians, Assyrians went on to shape the face of Mesopotamia. Astronomy, astrology, mathematics, law were developped. The treasures of this land, that we have inherited, is not only ruins or pieces of museums. They awake our sensibility, our imagination, and they give us a better knowledge and definition of ourselves.
Editions l'Harmattan, Paris, 1999