BEIRUT — In an interview with Télé Lumière, head of the Syriac Maronite Union in Lebanon, Tur Levnon, Dr. Amin Iskandar stated that, “The majority of people’s names in Mount Lebanon, circulated among the Syriac (Aramean-Chaldean-Assyrian) people, are derived from Syriac, but the Syriac people are unaware of that.”
“Names such as Gabriel, Michael and Emmanuel are Syriac names,” he added.
He also talked about the history of the thousand- year Syriac civilization and language.
“Other languages, including Arabic, derived most of the Arabic words and vocabulary that we use today from Syriac,” said Iskandar. “Some Syriac words were even distorted from their original meaning.”
Iskandar called on the Syriac (Aramean-Chaldean-Assyrian) people to learn more about the history of their Syriac civilization and language, by reading books that narrate the history of the Syriacs.
He also called on schools to teach the history of Syriacs and the greatness of their civilization and language within their curricula.