“The Untold Story of Native Iraqis |
Chaldean Mesopotamians 5300 BC – Present, by: Amer Hanna-Fatuhi
is a groundbreaking work that further explores the true identity
of the indigenous people of Iraq, Chaldean-Mesopotamians is
presented in the compelling book.
Hanna-Fatuhi worked for two years and spent over
a quarter of a century researching the history of the
region. This book perfectly illuminates the antiquity of Babylon
and the indigenous people of the region next to other well-known
and obscure ethnic groups. It allows for a more profound
awareness of the Iraqi people’s individuality as well as the
country’s social and political dynamics.” … Xlibris
During the time when I was writing my Master’s
thesis about Chaldeans, I received vital help from Amer Hanna
Fatuhi, the renowned visual artist and historian, who is the
author of the celebrated history book entitled The Untold
Story of Native Iraqis, which was one of my core references.
On the occasion of the third anniversary of the book, I decided
to interview the author, whom I appreciate and admire.
In the last three years, many interviews were
conducted with you about your latest book that legitimizes the
Chaldean authenticity as being the indigenous people of Iraq.
However, there are a few indignant attempts by
unhappy individuals at your book; I have already shown you some
of their comments and you yourself referred to one image of the
cover of your book that was posted on an anti-Chaldean Facebook
page. That is why I decided to conduct this interview from a new
and different angle; my first question is:
Could you enlighten us about your background, and why there are
unhappy readers who are not scholars in your field, “ancient
Mesopotamia”, but who are in fact school-students and youth who
think that Assyria and Assyrians of the past represent an
Would you also like to acknowledge those who made
this academic study come true?
- Firstly, I would like to thank you for having
and engaging me about this encyclopedic book, which I consider a
revolution in the way that scholars must look at and explore
ancient Iraqi history, as well as bringing to light the ongoing
political campaign against me and my latest book. However, my
philosophy is quite simple, “even a tiny speck of light can
disturb and put an end to the entire dark.” In reality, that was
the purpose behind writing this book.
As you might know, since my latest certified
letter was mailed to the US Secretary of State, the
Honorable John Kerry, on Feb. 11, 2015, the imported
group “from Iran and Turkey”, the so-called Assyrians, have been
living in a state of rage and fear. The reason for that is that
their widespread false political agenda has been exposed for the
first time to the public, the worldwide leaders, and decision
makers. This path will damage and end their fake, insecure
credibility in addition to annihilating their misapprehension in
no time, not to mention, destroy the false propaganda they
started since they officially adopted the coined term “Assyrian”
at the 1976 synods in Baghdad.
Secondly, with respect to my background, I have
been and I still am studying, writing, and working in this
field, “ancient Mesopotamia”, since the late 70s of the last
century, when I had my first degree as well as my first academic
certificate from the Iraqi Museum. In 1981, I received my second
Diploma in the Mesopotamian Arts and History. In 1993, I was
contacted by the director, Mrs. Suhair al Tal, M.A. / the
Jordanian ministry of culture, with respect to establishing a
new museum in Amman. In 2002, I became the director of the
National Chaldean Museum of Babylonia in metro-Detroit. Due to a
request from Dr.
PhD, the president of the Chaldean Museum at Shenandoah
in 2004, to create a detailed plan to open a new museum (which I
did), I also wrote the museum proposal, as well as the short
academic study that could help achieve the goal properly. Not to
mention, I have held three history shows in order to educate and
improve the skills of the Chaldean museum staff.
My first book about Chaldeans and Mesopotamia was
published in Iraq in 1988, while my latest 550-page academic
book, The Untold Story of Native Iraqis, was published in
the USA in 2012, and is one of my seven books that were
published in this field.
Not to mention, I have published other books and
studies, including the 2014 study that was approved by the
Australian Department of Immigration through the
Chaldean Community Consultation, and my most recent book,
which I am in the process of publishing soon. Currently, I am
the senior director at EA Strategic Research & Consulting /
Ancient Near Eastern
and Ethno-religious studies.
My other credentials are posted on my official
I would like to take this opportunity to state a
solid fact to those politically motivated amateurs, who are
claiming that they are unhappy with my book, and I assure you,
that this fact will make those so-called Assyrians feel
To those who do not know, I would like to say
that, in the past, I have
challenged two top so-called Assyrian scholars, “Dr.
Behnam Abu Al-Souf
and Dr. Donny George”, and that took place after refuting
their false claims and their so-called Assyrian propaganda.
Guess what?…Both of them ran away, because they know what I am
stating is true, and because they know me very well, ever since
I was studying and researching this field and writing about it,
as well as writing critiques on a weekly basis in national and
international magazines since the late 70s.
It is all documented via public domain articles.
You can easily Google them by simply searching for my name along
with theirs. Alternatively, visit the two links below:
The above two articles are in Arabic. Therefore,
if you are incapable of reading them, just let someone translate
them for you. However, the below link is in English:
Furthermore, I have been offered many
opportunities to give academic lectures and classes at
respectful universities. Among these universities is the
University of Michigan, by its president, Prof. Daniel Little in
2004, and Madonna University, by Prof.
Jonathon Swift, the President of the International Center in
2008, who were quite satisfied with my book.
I have also resumed my position as the Senior
Advisor for the U.S. Army on Ethno-religious Affairs for years,
and in 2011, I was offered a higher position as an instructor at
the academic Center for World Religions, at Fort Jackson, South
Behnam Abu Al-Souf, whom I
encountered in 1999, has posted my book on his official website
as one of the “academic references” among other famous academic
books that were written by the masters of this field.
In fact, Dr.
Behnam Abu Al-Souf
himself tried to make it up to me and, instead of apologizing to
me publicly, out of admiration, he posted my book among other
academic references, especially after retreating from his old
position and concentrating during his last years on his
Babylonian roots, which he announced on his last interview
before passing away.
To those who are interested in viewing these
academic references, they can easily be accessed by visiting:
However, for those who are scared to death that
their imaginary Assyrian ethnicity will be proven fake if
someone came across my book, then it is another opportunity for
them to run and try to remove that source from that website,
though it does not matter, because I have it all saved as PDF
I would also like to state
that I am quite appreciative to all my instructors who helped me
throughout the years to enrich my knowledge and who guided me to
become what I am now. Having said that, I would sincerely like
to thank the wonderful Dr. Bahija Khalil Isma’il, in particular,
and Dr. Fawzi Rashed, to whom I am quite appreciative for
mentoring my 1989 thesis, “Mesopotamian Gods and Demons”, as
well as my short study, “Pictograph
and Cuneiform Signs as Visual Elements
| Kish Pictograph Symbols as a
Direct Base to Uruk Cuneiform Signs”. Not to mention, I would
like to thank most of the Iraqi scholars and archeologists who
taught or worked with me in the past.
I have been academically
studying, researching, and working at the Iraqi Museum and at
historical sites inside Iraq for over 30 years. My first book,
“UR of the Chaldeans … Native Iraqi’s Perspective”, was
published in Iraq in 1988, which was viewed and approved by Dr.
Fawzi Rasheed and Dr. Tariq A. W. Madhloum. I have visited and
researched almost every single ancient site in Iraq related to
In my latest book, there are
close to 800 academic references; I strongly believe that most
of those individuals, who keep childishly running into me on
social media accessible by anyone, are not aware of even 5% of
What role do you think the Chaldean Catholic church has to play
with respect to the Chaldean ethnicity, without having any
conflict with the main purpose of the church?
-Frankly, ethnicity has
nothing to do with religion; ethnicity and church denomination
are totally and completely different matters. However, the
Chaldean Catholic church derived its name from Chaldeans, the
indigenous people of Iraq and the majority of Iraqi Christians,
who are the core of this Holy church. Yet, the leaders of the
Chaldean Catholic church can play a vital role in strengthening
the Chaldean nation.
For example, His Excellency
Bishop Mar Sarhad Y. Jammo has done so, although he is a
bishop. He is definitely doing a great job in strengthening and
expanding his Dioceses’ missions and tasks. However, he is
ethnically Chaldean himself, and he did not only recognize his
Chaldean ethnicity publicly, but he is considered one of the
major activists and influential voices among Chaldean activists
The point here is you can do
your part as a priest successfully, e.g., Fr. Noel Gorgis is
another example, who is practicing his priesthood successfully,
yet he is doing a great job in promoting and educating Chaldeans
and others about the remarkable Chaldean history as the director
of the Chaldean Media Center in California. Bishop Jammo, Fr.
Gorgis and other clergies from the Chaldean Catholic church are
not politicians; they are just normal people, who are showing
their pride and appreciation to their ancestors and their
One more example,
my father, Hanna Fatuhi Hanna Beth Shendakh Brikha, is from the
Christian town “Pakhdida” which literally means the house of
God, it is also known as “Qarahqosh”. My father followed the
Syriac Catholic Church, not the Holy Chaldean Catholic Church.
However, he did not have any problem attending the Mass at any
Chaldean Catholic Church, since my mother was from Telkeppa. I
am ethnically Chaldean just as all the Iraqi Syriacs, who were
originally members of the first Mesopotamian core church of the
East in Babylon, the church of Kukhi.
My fathers’ rite is the “Syriac Catholic church”,
which literally means the “Christian Catholic church”.
Personally, I do not care; the Syriac Catholic Church or
Chaldean Catholic Church or any other church works with me,
simply because Jesus is one and we are his church.
For those who cannot understand that ethnicity
has nothing to do with peoples’ religious denomination, I would
like to say: One time, I was attending a Mass with a friend at
an Assyrian Church in Warren, Michigan. When we reached the part
to receive the communion, I walked toward the Alter and received
the communion like all those who were attending the Mass. Does
that make me a member of the so-called Assyrian church?
Absolutely not, yet it simply makes me a Christian.
What is your take on the ongoing campaign against you
personally, why now and why by school-students only?
One may wonder why the so-called Assyrians have
decided against debating and invalidating the message of my
letter to the Honorable John Kerry or my books, especially by
their scholars and experts, a task that is quite impossible to
achieve. The other question is why are they directing all their
fully loaded weapons to shoot the messenger?
The answer is simple, because the contents of my
letter did not include but solid facts that are backed up by
tens of tangible documents about these delusional, newly coined,
imported cult from Turkey and Iran.
When it comes to my book, no so-called scholar
dares to debate its tangible, scientific and Biblical facts and
documents. In the end, this leaves them no other option but to
shoot the messenger by means of an evil and nasty plan and
cowardly campaign that would concentrate on discrediting the
author. Their tactic is to use school students and other
amateurs who have nothing to do with the field of ancient
Mesopotamia and who have absolutely nothing to lose, whether
that would be their zero achievements or unreliability, while
doing the dirty work for their cowardly scholars and politicians
for three reasons:
1- Obscuring the main theme in order to blur the
scene and take the attention from the main issue, in which they
are not natives of Iraq and their so-called ethnic “identity” is
nothing but a forgery.
2- Wasting my time and energy, by going back and
forth responding to those amateurs’ comments, while giving their
politicians the needed time to continue deceiving the West. It
is not school-students’ plan as you might think; but in fact, it
is nothing but another political game into which I am not
willing to be dragged.
3- Silencing any Chaldean activists or writers,
who might think to expose their deception and lies in the
future. Their common tactic to execute that is to use profanity
and negative comments to flood the social media, in order to
give a hard time to the Chaldean activists and writers, who
might think twice before walking this hectic path. However, this
tactic has proven to be less effective on Chaldeans who stand
their ground firmly.
On the other hand, such attempts are and will be
easily defeated by examining the facts that are supported by
existing exhibits as well as scientific-biblical documents that
were used in my latest book, The Untold Story of Native
One has to understand that for those
school-students, it is never about learning the facts but merely
a political game, that was crafted by their ideological mentors,
to waste my time and energy on side-encounters
that are nothing but delusional thoughts, by those who
are in a state of deception themselves. Among those unrealistic
beliefs is outrageously believing that the Assyrians of the past
were an ethnic group, rather than just a mix of inhabitants of a
state who were originally invaders from abroad, “Shubaru”, and
locals who moved from Babylonia to Assyria in the beginning of
the 19th century BC. Overall, responding to such
comments each time someone makes his/her naive comments is not
only unwise, but also illogical and unprofessional, especially
when such a false belief was refuted academically and in detail
in my books.
to cease in
commenting on untrue and unimportant matters, I think
that the best way to mute those deceived is to offer them their
needed antibiotic as a daily dose of truth. Such a path will
definitely help them to learn and accept the bitter reality of
which they are in denial, which will also help them to step out
of their Assyrian daydream and fantasy. Although, most of them
are just hopeless cases, similar to dealing with a longtime
How about the improper comments that were posted by the
anti-Chaldeans on the major online bookstores that sell your
- Frankly, I do not care about
these comments. I am also not concerned about those who might be
confused by such comments, because they are not the kind of
readers who I am looking for. However,
I would love to say to these daydreamers,
so-called Assyrians, and other pawns, who accepted being used by
the corrupted Assyrian political parties, the following:
I would firstly like to thank these individuals
for posting their improper comments about my latest book, “The
Untold Story of Native Iraqis”, without even having the
chance to read it, because such comments will expose their bias,
especially when they concentrate on assaulting the author using
profanity. I would also like to invite all those who are reading
this interview to do their homework on this subject, by reading,
exploring and examining the contents of my latest book, which
was reviewed by many professionals, including Prof. Dr. Mary C.
PhD, who has already published three books about Chaldeans, as
well as other professional book-review writers:
More reviews can be found on the main-page,
“Author & Reviews” at:
I am quite sure that honest readers, as well as
those who are seeking knowledge, could easily reach a solid,
fair conclusion about “who is who” and “what is what” on their
Malakha, M.A., is a professional writer and historian.
He is also the former vice-chairman of the founding members of
the Chaldean International Writer Union.