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Yezidis in Syria


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Note on Transliteration Preface Chapter 1. Introduction Chapter 2. Minorities in Syria: Competing Hierarchies Chapter 3. Demystifying the Yezidis: A Word about the Sources Chapter 4. Religious Beliefs and Social Organization Chapter 5. Historical Developments Chapter 6. Yezidis in the New Syria Chapter 7. Conclusion: Future Challenges Appendix

About the Author

Sebastian Maisel is associate professor of Arabic and Middle East studies at Grand Valley State University.


This important and timely work fills a lacuna that has long been felt by students of Yezidism and others. It offers a thorough, scholarly, and much-needed account of the current position of the Yezidis in Syria, their religion, and historical background. The book makes a major contribution to Yezidi studies. -- Philip G. Kreyenbroek, Georg-August University
There is still great need for research, especially on aspects of Yezidism as practiced by different local communities. Maisel's book focuses on identity issues among the Yezidis in Syria, a double minority group which constructed two distinct local identities in past decades, but is now moving towards a unified one. Thus this book is very welcome since it contributes to our knowledge of the current situation of the Yezidi community in Syria. -- Khanna Omarkhali, Georg-August University, Goettingen

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