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Peace-Building Through the Documentation of Endangered Oral Culture in Iraq

This project aims to document and analyse Neo-Aramaic and Kurdish folktales in neighbouring Christian and Kurdish communities in northern Iraq.

The main objective is to produce parallel corpora of Neo-Aramaic and Kurdish folktales and to investigate the grammatical and lexical convergence of the Neo-Aramaic component of the corpus with the neighbouring Kurdish dialects. The underlying aim is to foster an understanding of shared cultural heritage between Christian and Muslim communities. 

Research TeamProfessor Geoffrey Allan Khan, University of Cambridge; Dr Aziz Emmanuel Gewargisal-Zebari, Catholic University of Erbil; Dr Paul Noorlander, Leiden University

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