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Indigenous Peoples

Under the Rule of Islam

 

by Frederick P. Isaac

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Excavation in the Name of Archaeology and Science
 


The West, namely, Britain, France, Italy and Germany, had since robbed the Assyrians of their land and treasures. They dug up, unearthed and plundered ancient cities and graves of the Assyrian forefathers and smuggled their treasures and monuments to the West under the pretext of archaeology and scientific research. The Europeans were more interested in excavating the ruins of Ninweh and exhuming the remains of Assyrian royalties than helping build the shattered lives of the surviving Assyrians. They were more interested in the Assyrian ancient history than the stark reality of the Assyrians dire plight.

The fate of the Assyrian monuments, relics and artefacts are destroyed by Dar Al-Silm states of Islam, or end up in European museums and with art dealers. Historical structures have also been systematically destroyed, with the same attitude as that of the Talaban to the Buddhist relics of China, found in the Bamian region of the Afghan mountains.

In April 1920 at the San Remo Conference, the French bartered the Mosul Province with the British for 25 per cent share in oil revenue. The Mosul Province then under the French political sphere of influence had earlier been demarcated for the Assyrians. The region exchanged hands and fell under the zone of the British political sphere of influence. In 1925, the League of Nations gave the Assyrian homeland of Hakkari, Van of upper Mosul, to Turkey. The British, encouraged by the success of its diplomatic manoeuvres, sought relinquishment of the Mosul district from Turkey against ten percent oil revenue for 25 years. The latter acceded to the terms. The British, instead of declaring Mosul a home for the Assyrians, annexed it to Iraq (Polk, 1991: 276). The venal Agreement was not only a breach of trust but also a total betrayal of a loyal people, who had fought by the side of the Allies, and had their fate in their hands (Perley, pp 9-10).

 

 

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