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AuthorAçikyildiz, Birgül
TitleThe Yezidis : the history of a community, culture and religion / Birgül Açikyildiz
ImprintLondon ; New York : I.B. Tauris, 2010
New York : Distributed in the United States and in Canada exclusively by Palgrave Macmillan
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Table of Contents
 List of Illustrations 
 Acknowledgements 
 List of Abbreviations 
 Introduction1
 Meeting the Yezidis5
 Geographical Location and Distribution33
1Origins, History and Development35
 Yezidis in Mesopotamia and Anatolia37
 Yezidis in Syria63
 Yezidis in Transcaucasia66
2Religious Belief System71
 God, Angels and the Trinity71
 God (Xwede)71
 Angels72
 The Peacock Angel (Tawusi Melek)73
 Sultan Ezi81
 Sheikh Àdi82
 Yezidi Mythology86
 The Creation of the Cosmos and the Universe86
 The Creation of Human Beings87
 The Flood88
 Holy Books88
 Religious Hierarchy91
3Religious Practices, Observances and Rituals99
 Haircut, Baptism, Circumcision, Brother of the Hereafter, Marriage, Death99
 Prayer103
 Fasting104
 Pilgrimage104
 Festivals and Ceremonies108
 Taboos112
4Material Culture115
 Homeland, Landscape, Sacred Places115
 Places of Worship130
 The Sanctuary131
 Mausoleums146
 Shrines175
 The Baptistery177
 Caves180
 Tombstones182
5Conclusion197
 Appendices205
Appendix IYezidi Saints205
Appendix IIGenealogy of the Umayyads and Sheikh Àdi's Family211
Appendix IIIGenealogy of the Early Shamsani Family212
Appendix IVYezidi Mausoleums in Northern Iraq213
Appendix VTypology of Mausoleums in Northern Iraq216
Appendix VITypology of Mausoleums in the Republic of Armenia217
 Glossary219
 Notes225
 Interviews249
 Bibliography251
 Index269
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Bibliog.Includes bibliographical references and index
OCLC #489374338Find in WorldCat
Phys. Descriptionxvi, 283 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 25 cm
SERIESLibrary of modern religion ; 17
Library of modern religion ; 17
ISBN9781848852747 (hbk.)
1848852746 (hbk.)
SubjectsYezidis
Yezidis -- History
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Yezidism is a fascinating part of the rich cultural mosaic of the Middle East. Yezidis emerged for the first time in the 12th century in the Kurdish mountains of northern Iraq. Their religion, which has become notorious for its associations with 'devil worship', is in fact an intricate syncretic system of belief, incorporating elements from proto-Indo-European religions, early Persian (More)
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Birgül Açikyildiz
Birgul Acikyildiz is a Research Fellow at the Khalili Research Centre for the Art and Material Culture of the Middle East, Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Oxford.
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Acknowledgements
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List of Abbreviations
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