Syriac Language

Syriac Language Department

Head of Syriac Language Department


Name: Kawther Najeeb Abdulahad Askar

Degree: PhD 
Scientific title: Lecturer 
Specific Specialization: Semitic Languages


 Curriculum Vitae

Personal information:

  • Name: Kawther Najeeb Abdulahad Askar.
  • Nationality: Iraqi.
  • Date and place of birth: 17 March 1975 Ankawa- Erbil.
  • Sex: male.
  • Civil status: married, 3 kids.
  • Address: Erbil, Ankawa Mart Shmoni sq.
  • Mobile No.: 00964 (0) 7504829251.
  • E-mail address:

 Scientific achievements:

  • 2020 PhD in Semitic languages, University of Heidelberg, Germany.
  • 2014 Master’s in Semitic languages (comparison between Arabic and Syriac) University of Heidelberg, Germany.
  • 2010 bachelor in Arabic language, Salahaddin University – Erbil.
  • 1995 diploma in science and mathematics, Teachers Preparation Institute, Erbil.

Positions held and scientific activities:

  • December 2021-ongoing: Head of Syriac Department, College of Education, Salahaddin University – Erbil
  • 2016-2017: Head of Syriac Department at College of Education, Salahaddin University – Erbil
  • 2015 certificate in teaching methodology.
  • Teacher of Arabic language since 2014 at the Ankawa Typical Secondary School.
  • Lecturer of Syriac language since 2014 at Babel College for Philosophy and Theology, Ankawa. Previously taught there also during the years 2007-2011.
  • 2010-2011 teacher of Arabic and Syriac languages at the Ankawa Typical Secondary School.
  • 1996-2011 teacher of Syriac language at Yazdandokht primary school.
  • During the past years he taught Syriac language at different intermediate and preparatory schools in Ankawa.
  • 1995-1996 teacher of mathematics and science at Kolkarash primary school, Erbil, (Heran and Nazanin).

Language skills:




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Very good

Very good


Very good

Very good

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Cultural activities:

Poet in Syriac/Chaldean since 1994, and he released three volumes:

  • 2010 ‘barsamta d shawre’ (the smile of children).
  • 2005 ‘klila d huba’ (crown of love ).
  • 2002 ‘mesarta kmilta’ (the complete collection).

Linguistic activities:

  • 2016 head of the committee of the Chaldean researches and studies at the Chaldean League in Iraq and in the world.
  • 25-27/9/2016 participated at the 1st general conference of the Chaldean League in Iraq and in the world where he submitted a paper concerning linguistics.
  • 2007 he reviewed and corrected a Syriac manuscript.
  • 2006 reviewing and presenting the book of Syriac proverbs.
  • 2006 he put a book called “The new teacher” to teach Syriac language, 2nd edition in 2007, 3rd edition in 2010.
  • 2004 he translated the book of “Syriac grammar” into Arabic, 2nd edition in 2006, 3rd edition in 2011.
  • Reviewer of dozens of articles, volumes and books written in Syriac.
  • He participated as a lecturer in almost all the tournaments of teaching Syriac language and its calligraphy organized by the Ministry of Education and other NGO’s.
  • 2005 Syriac language conference in Duhok.
  • 2006 Syriac language conference in Erbil.
  • 2008 Syriac language conference in Mardi

Journalistic and artistic activities:

  • 2005-2011 he worked as a translator and linguistic reviewer of Syriac at Ishtar TV channel, he organized and presented a TV program called “lishanan” (our language) a series of 68 sequences.
  • 17/4/2004 he was hosted at room in Pal-talk and he gave a lecture about teaching Syriac in Ankawa.
  • Worked in designing books and magazines, and he wrote texts for children’s theater in Syriac.

Other activities:

  • 2006 he published a book entitled: Memories with the Patriarch Mar Emanuel III Delly at the Chaldean Arch-eparchy of Erbil.
  • Participated at poetry festivals in Erbil, Duhok and Qaraqosh.
  • He published several articles in local journals and magazines, such as Chaldean Voice, The Educated Chaldean, Banipal, the Parish’s Voice, The Youth, Beth Ankawa and others.
  • He performed in several cines in Ankawa.

Positions held:

  • 2022-ongoing: vice president of the Chaldean League (Ankawa branch).
  • 2016 head of the department of Syriac language at College of Education, Salahaddin University – Erbil.
  • 2015-2017 vice president of the Chaldean League (Ankawa branch).
  • 2015 member of the general union of Iraqi writers.
  • 2014 editor-in-chief of the magazine of the Educated Chaldean.
  • 2014 administrator of the website of the Chaldean Educational Society, Ankawa.
  • 2007-2012 secretary of the magazine of the Educated Chaldean.
  • 2001-2009 member of the administrative committee of the Chaldean Educational Society.
  • 2002-2009 Media Officer in the same Society.
  • 28/12/2006-2009 administrator of the website of the same Society.
  • Member of the Union of Journalists in Kurdistan/Erbil.
  • Active member in the committee of Syriac curricula preparation in the Ministry of Education.

Timetable Syriac Language

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