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The Yezidis (New)
by Spat, Ezster
Book ID: 9780863565939, 086356593X
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This is the first detailed survey of Yezidi culture to appear in English. Little is known about these ancient Kurdish mountain people, considered one of the oldest ethnicities in the Middle East, often unjustly derided as "devil-worshippers." Distinct from the majority Sunni Muslim Kurds, the Yezidis' religion evolved through a fusion of Sufism with earlier religious beliefs indigenous to the region, including Zoroastrian, Jewish, Gnostic and Christian motifs. They attribute a prominent place to their protector, the Peacock Angel, traditionally identified with Satan by Muslims. The Yezidis, as a result, have historically been labelled heretics and; thus their self-willed isolation. Along with her enquiry into the meaning and manner of their practices, Spat takes note of the increasing demands of modernization and the shifting balance of power in the region, and also observes the stirrings of inner strife in an otherwise tough, resilient community that has endured continuous attempts at eradication over centuries.
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