Click image for larger mapAccording to, Assyria's place on the map was northeastern Mesopotamia, along the Tigris River and its tributaries.
Its capital was Nineveh, located near the Tigris River. The author of Genesis (Genesis 2:14), mentions the Tigris River by another name, "Hiddekel" (compare Daniel 10:4).
Eventually, the Assyrian empire extended from the Persian Gulf (The Lower Sea), throughout the Mesopotamian regions, southeastern Asia Minor, Lebanon, Syria, Canaan, Egypt and Ethiopia (Isaiah 20).
Of Noah's three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth, the Assyrians came from Ham (Gen.10:6-11), and thus were related to the Egyptians, Ethiopians and Canaanites. The Assyrians descended from the man named Asshur. After travelling north from Shinar, where there were four great cities founded by his ancestor, Nimrod "the mighty hunter before the Lord" (Genesis 10:8-12), Asshur built, among other cities, Nineveh, the future capital of the Assyrian Empire.
According to, Assyrians are not Arabian or Arabs, nor Kurdish, and their religion is not Islam. The Assyrians are Christian, the site says, with their own unique language, culture and heritage.
"Although the Assyrian empire ended in 612 B.C.," the site says, "history is replete with recorded details of the continuous presence of the Assyrian people till the present time. Assyria, the land of the indigenous Assyrians, was partitioned after World War I by the Allies, and is currently under occupation by Kurds, Turks, Arabs and Persians.
"The Assyrians are a stateless people, and continue to be religiously and ethnically persecuted in the Middle East due to Islamic fundamentalism, Arabization and Kurdification policies, leading to land expropriations and forced emigration to the West."
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