by Mark Dickens
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Tarsakan, a Middle Iranian
word meaning "those who fear (God)" is the plural of tarsa, a word still used in Persian
for "Christian." Sogdian texts used the word when speaking of the
Syriac Christians in Central Asia and so I have chosen it as the title
of this page, which is devoted to the history of the Church of the East
in Central Asia.
This ancient church, called the Holy
Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East in full, is often
referred to as the Nestorian Church, although this is not the term that
the church uses to describe itself and in many ways it is an inaccurate
label. However, I have used it as an adjective in certain places on
these pages, in the absence of a better option.
contains links to a paper on the Church of the East which I have
as well as some other things I have put together related to this church
in general and particulary to their history in Central Asia, as well as
a list of relevant websites.
If you know of any good websites on the Church of the East in general or Syriac Christianity in Central Asia in particular that I have missed or if any of the links below have changed or are now obsolete, please drop me a line and let me know. Thanks.
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The Nestorian Controversy
Famous Individuals in Nestorian History
The Nestorians in Central Asia
The Nestorians in China & The Far East
The Nestorians Among the Mongols
The Syriac Language, Script & Fonts
Modern Day Assyrians & Chaldeans
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