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Fuat Deniz (Syriac: ‹¶‹ė‹ź‹ē ‹ē‹Ę‹Ě‹ô) (24 July 1967 ‚Äď 13 December 2007) was a Swedish sociologist and writer of Assyrian descent. Until his murder in 2007, he worked as a lecturer in sociology at the Department of Social and Political Sciences at √Ėrebro University.

Deniz was born as the oldest son into an Aramean family in the village of Kerburan in Tur Abdin, Turkey. He came to Sweden with his parents as an eight-year old and grew up in √Ėrebro.[1] In his youth he was active in the Assyrian Youth Federation in Sweden, which he also co-founded, and was also a diligent writer for the Swedish National Aramean Federation's magazine Huj√•d√•.[2] He earned a Ph.D. in sociology at Uppsala University in 1999. In his doctoral thesis, titled En minoritets odyss√© ("The Odyssey of a Minority"), he discussed the experiences of Arameans coming to Sweden in the 1970s. Deniz was a well known figure among the Aramean community in Sweden and was also internationally known for his research on the Aramean Genocide.

On 11 December 2007, at approximately 15.30 CET, Deniz was attacked and stabbed in the back of his neck inside √Ėrebro University.[3] He died two days later from his injuries at √Ėrebro University Hospital.[4] Early on there were some speculations in the media about a possible political motive behind the murder due to Deniz' research on the Aramean genocide.[5] On 16 January 2008, a 42-year-old man from Gothenburg, Sweden, was arrested on suspicion for the murder.[6][7] The suspect, who according to the police is a close relative of Deniz, has admitted to the stabbing but denied any intent to kill.[8] The police said that an old feud between the two family members was the most likely motive for the killing and ruled out any political connections.[8]


  • Deniz, Fuat; Perdikaris, Antonios (1990). Ett liv mellan tv√• v√§rldar : en studie om hur assyriska ungdomar som andra generationens invandrare i Sverige upplever och hanterar sin livssituation. √Ėrebro: √Ėrebro University. ISBN 917668251X.  
  • Deniz, Fuat; Freyne-Lindhagen, Marianne; Ulfvensj√∂, Lars (1991). Flyktingar i Norberg, FINO-projektet : en utv√§rdering av det kommunala flyktingmottagandet. √Ėrebro: √Ėrebro University.  
  • Deniz, Fuat (1992). Kulturm√∂ten : en utv√§rdering av projektet Kulturm√∂ten i Vallby/Pettersberg i V√§ster√•s. √Ėrebro: √Ėrebro University. ISBN 91-7668-122-X.  
  • Deniz, Fuat (1993). Utbildning : v√§gen till framtiden : assyriernas utbildningstraditioner i Sverige. Gothenburg: Assyrian Association in Bergsj√∂n.  
  • Deniz, Fuat (1995). Medvetande och identitet i det medialiserade samh√§llet : en kritisk diskussion och analys av Meads och Berger/Luckmanns socialisationsteori utifr√•n nya tekniska och symboliska villkor f√∂r sociala relationer samt f√∂r medvetande- och identitetsutveckling. Uppsala: Uppsala University.  
  • Deniz, Fuat (1995). Flykten fr√•n verkligheten till jagets h√∂gborg : en kritisk tolkning och analys av New Age utifr√•n Durkheims sociologi. Uppsala: Uppsala University.  
  • Deniz, Fuat (1999). En minoritets odyss√© : uppr√§tth√•llande och transformation av etnisk identitet i f√∂rh√•llande till moderniseringsprocesser : det assyriska exemplet. Uppsala: Uppsala University. ISBN 91-628-3759-1.  


  1. ^ Nilsson R√∂nnqvist, √Ösa & Anderberg, Johan (2007-12-13). "M√∂rdade l√§raren s√∂rjs i hela v√§rlden" (in Swedish). Dagens Nyheter. Retrieved 2007-12-15.  
  2. ^ Simsek, Besima (2007-12-12). "Aramean professor Fuat Deniz officially declared braindead". Eastern Star News Agency. Retrieved 2007-12-15.  
  3. ^ Amcoff, Jorunn & Elfstr√∂m, Josefine & Palmquist, Sara (2007-12-11). "L√§rare knivskars i nacken" (in Swedish). Expressen. Retrieved 2007-12-15.  
  4. ^ "Stabbed lecturer dies". Tidningarnas Telegrambyr√•/The Local. 2007-12-13. Retrieved 2007-12-15.  
  5. ^ "Political motive suspected in √Ėrebro murder". Tidningarnas Telegrambyr√•/The Local. 2007-12-16. Retrieved 2007-12-16.  
  6. ^ "Man arrested for university killing". Tidningarnas Telegrambyr√•/The Local. 2008-01-16. Retrieved 2008-01-17.  
  7. ^ Swedish Police Service (2008-01-16). "42-√•rig man anh√•llen f√∂r mordet vid Universitetet" (in Swedish). Press release. Retrieved 2008-01-17.  
  8. ^ a b "Suspect admits stabbing lecturer". Tidningarnas Telegrambyr√•/The Local. 2008-01-18. Retrieved 2008-01-19.  


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