Book Review

The Untold Story of Native Iraqis
Author: Amer Hanna-Fatuhi
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
550 pages / May 2012

The website: stated that this book is “A groundbreaking work that examines the true identity of the indigenous people of Iraq”. Hence, I deemed it appropriate that including three quotes from highly respected Iraqi scholars, who specialize in an array of disciplines, would shed more light on this academic study:
Dr. Abdulhadi al-Khalile Ph.D., Iraqi Cultural Attaché in Washington DC. stated in his letter of recognition:” I have found this study, deep, rich, and unique. I sincerely recommend the book to readers interested in Iraqi history and people”.
S. Mattar, scholar and author of many intriguing books on Iraq and the editor in chief of the academic journal (MESOPOTAMIA, Switzerland) stated: “The author tried hard, throughout his study, not to follow the traditional patterns of examining Iraq’s history, but to reach new frontiers by exploring and examining that ancient history through a panoramic view. Another well-known Iraqi historian, Dr. G. Mardu, Ph.D., stated that:” This telling and encyclopedic study covers the history of native Iraqis using very convincing historical, archeological and Biblical evidence.

Author, Hanna-Fatuhi, has published many history books, three of them published in Arabic between 1988 and 2001. They research the same subject of the current book. He is a notable scholar in Mesopotamian History and Middle Eastern indigenous peoples.

This book pinpoints the antiquity of Mesopotamia and its indigenous peoples, Chaldeans and Iraqi Jews. It surpasses the conventional perspective in tackling the chronological history of the die-hard Chaldean nation. It leads the reader into an unknown territory that no scholar has ventured to write about due to the vocal objections echoed by traditional scholars.

The fundamental argument of this book is linking the proto-kaldi, indigenous people of Iraq, with the modern day Chaldeans, while highlighting their outstanding achievements in every walk of life.

Although, I was not that impressed with the section that over extended covering Iraqi Christians’ persecution throughout history, even though Chaldeans are Christians. However, I strongly believe that this book has adequately achieved its goal, especially with its exquisite maps, illustrations, historical documents. Its finely woven elements render it as a compelling documentary of Iraq’s long history. It vividly captures the struggles of the Chaldeans alongside the Iraqi Jews, Syriacs, and other Iraqi peoples as they move through time.

More significantly, The Untold Story of Native Iraqis will make it feasible for the reader to review a civilization dating back to 100,000 year, a task no scholar has yet achieved. A knowledge that will ultimately bring forth a more profound awareness of today’s Iraq with all its social and political dynamics, not to mention the cultural atmosphere of the Middle East that was and still is influenced by the achievements of the cradle of civilization.

The Untold Story of Native Iraqis is one highly recommended read!

Reviewed by Chaldean Detroit Times
Saturday, September 1, 2012 / Issue # 493 - Vol. 22