Araden is an Assyrian / Chaldean village in Dohuk - Iraq. It is located approximately 20-30 kilometers (12–19 miles) east of the city of Zakho and Einishkie lies a few miles to the east. The now called Kurdish village of Bamerne is to the west, while Sarsing can be seen to the south. The name Araden means "Land of Eden" or "Gardens of Eden" in old Aramaic. The village is vast, spanning over 18 kilometers and containing more than 150 homes, 3 churches and a cemetery.
People of Araden today believe the are Chaldean Catholic-Assyrians, and have continuously inhabited the land for hundreds of years.
There are three main families in this village: the Kasha family, the Rayes family, and the Sana family. It is believed that these three families originated from villages in the Tyari region of Turkey, although the settlement in Araden may be known to have existed for more than a thousand(???) year prior to their arrival, as is indicated by the presence of the ancient churches in the village. The head of the village has traditionally been the Chaldean Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Amadiya. One of these Bishops, Francis Daoud, is famous for his bravery and leadership during the Assyrian Genocide by saving the Christians living in Northern Iraqi villages through heated negotiations with the Turks, using his influence as a Bishop to save them from death. He was confirmed Bishop February 24, 1910 and served until his death on October 1, 1939
There is a large community of people in the Assyrian Diaspora from Araden in Metro Detroit, specifically (Warren, Sterling Heights, and Troy) Michigan. Every year the people of Araden gather on January 12 when there is a celebration for Sultana Mahdokht, called Dukhrana.