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The Yezidis

Author: Eszter Spät
Publisher: London : Saqi, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Little is known about the Yezidis, an ancient and enigmatic mountain people of Kurdistan who have been unjustly labelled 'Devil-worshippers' and persecuted through the ages. Eszter Spat lived in their midst over several journeys, observing and recording their ways of life. The result is one of the first detailed surveys of Yezidi culture to appear in English." "The Yezidis' distinctive religious oral tradition  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Eszter Spät
ISBN: 086356593X 9780863565939
OCLC Number: 58828530
Description: 96 pages, [24] pages of plates : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction: Yezidis. Geographical and historical background. Yezidi communities of northern Iraq. Communication between the communities after the establishment of the Autonomous Kurdish Region. Yezidis within the context of Kurdish society. --
1. Religion. The Yezidi faith. Recent developments and changes. Caste system among the Yezidis. --
2. Festivals. The autumn assembly. Other religious events. --
3. The Second Gulf War. --
4. After the war. End of the war. Legacy of the Saddam years.
Responsibility: Eszter Spät.

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The ancient Kurdish mountain people are considered one of the oldest ethnicities in the Middle East, and often derided as 'devil-worshippers'. This work presents a survey of Yezidi culture and  Read more...

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'Compulsive and compulsory reading for all those who are interested in Yezidis, Kurds, religion in the Middle East and the effects of political change on minority communities' Professor Philip G. Read more...

 
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