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Religion as a microcosm of Kurdish Culture:
Similarities and Differences
Dr. Mamo Othman
zidis are a heterodox Kurdish community whose homeland is Kurdistan. The
majority of zidis (ca. Ĺ million) live in Iraqi Kurdistan, ca. 5.000 in Syria,
ca.1.000 in Turkey, ca. 100.000 in Russia, Georgia and Armenia, ca. 45.000 in
Germany and about 40.000 zidi live in the rest of the world.
The zidian Caste system and tradition in
against the new current of democracy
to the etymology of the word RELIGION; it means "to tie, or to bind" and is
originated from the Latin word "religare". Some other scholars believe
that the term is connected with the word "relegere" which means " to read over
again " .
(BBC) -- The bomb attacks in northern Iraq on Tuesday targeted the Yazidi sect -
a vulnerable religious minority. People in the area are due to vote on whether
to come under the control of the Kurdistan Regional Government later this year.
Two Yazidis reflect on the bombings and why they happened.
NEAR EAST NEWS - KURDISTAN TODAY|
Kurdish rebels in Turkey offer ceasefire
ANKARA, 12th June 2007 - - Turkey's main Kurdish rebel outfit offered a renewed
ceasefire to the government Tuesday if it agreed to end army operations against
the group, a Kurdish news agency reported.
YEZIDIS NEW YEAR 6756|
by Edward C. Corrigan, April 7, 2006 London Ontario
It is indeed an honour to be invited to celebrate the Yezidis New Year
with you. This is year 6756 in the Yezidis calender. The Yezidis are an
ancient and proud people from the heart of Mesopotamia, the birth place
of civilization and the birth place of many of the worlds religions.
letter written by the Yezidi Congregation in the German Federal State of Hessen
the supreme secular and spiritual leadership of the Yezidi community
A letter written by the Yezidi Congregation in the German Federal State of
Hessen to the supreme secular and spiritual leadership of the Yezidi community,
concerning the pogrom-type attacks of February 14 and 15 in the area of Sheikhan
in Southern Kurdistan, near the Yezidi central shrine.
How a better Middle East would look
By Ralph Peters
borders are never completely just. But the degree of injustice they inflict upon
those whom frontiers force together or separate makes an enormous difference?
Students, Dear all,
Following a long period of debate
and conflict, talks were opened with the EU on 03 October 2005 regarding
Turkey?s accession to the European Union. With between 15 to 20 Million
inhabitants, the Kurdish population in Turkey accounts for approximately 20% of
the overall population. These Kurds will also become EU citizens in the event of
In accordance with the principles
of democracy and self-determination, we, the Kurdish students in Europe, would
like to participate in the negotiations between the EU and Turkey in the form of
an appeal to the EU. We believe that we should be involved in shaping our own
future and need to articulate this clearly from the very beginning.
|Iraq - Lalish And The
By Karlos Zurutuza
Lalish: the Kurdsh hidden treasure in northern
Safe in the Kurdish haven of northern Iraq, but still only 50 km north of
war-torn Mosul, lies Lalish, the Yezidi Kurds? holiest shrine. Visiting this
particular site, tantamount to the Catholics? Vatican or Muslims? Mecca, had
become an obsession since I first came across Yezidi Kurds back in the summer of
2004. I met them in their Yailas (summer encampments) on the slopes of Mt.
Aragats, Armenia?s highest peak, which consisted of a handful of green Soviet
Army tents, one for each family, where they spend the summer with their cattle.
Despite the temperature climbing above 40 celsius down in Yerevan, the animals
were grazing Armenia's freshest pastures between snow patches; a remarkable
example of the so called "Vertical Nomadism". Like most Armenian Kurds, these
shepherds were Yezidi too, descendants of those who had left the hilly north of
Iraq several centuries ago escaping from the Arabs? oppression. They shared
their cheese and their knowledge about their religion with me, and it was they
who first pointed me in the direction of Lalish.
|Yezidi religion and society
are a small group. They mainly live in North Iraq. Some of them live in Turkey,
Armenia, Yemen and Iran. About thirty thousand of them imigrated to Germany,
because of bad conditions in Turkey. Despite all troubles they have encountered
in their past, they have succeeded to survive. Their survival both in terms of
religion and society among mountains has the basic struggle for peace and
humanity. The Middle East region has had many religions and sects. One of them
is Yezidism and it has many different as well as common aspects with the others,
Islam, Christianity etc. Their survival for centuries and their interesting
religion have attracted many Westerners? attention. The most stressed idea in
these Westerners? writings and recent researches on them is that Yezidis are a
religious Kurdish group, which has survived for thousand years in the nature and
has an original religion that has many aspects emerging from the natural sources.
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