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Dr. Grant and the Mountain Nestorians By Rev. Thomas Laurie
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Asahel Grant was one of the original members of the American Protestant mission to the Assyrians which began in 1835. Grant became interested in extending the mission’s work to the Assyrians in... More > the Hakkari Mountains. He decided to try to open a mission station and school in Ashita in Tiyari. At the same time, the Ottoman government was struggling to gain control over the practically independent Kurdish tribes in the area. Grant’s building efforts drew the attention of the local Kurds who interpreted the building as a possible fortress and did not trust the motives of the representatives of Western powers working among the Assyrians. Tragically, Grant could not or did not effectively dispel their fears. The result was the massacres of the Assyrians by the Kurdish chief Badr Khan Beg. Dr. Grant did not survive long after the start of the massacres, dying in 1844 at the early age of 37. This book, by the Rev. Thomas Laurie, provides an extensive biography of Grant and his work in the mission.< Less

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