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Yezidis
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1. History

The Yezidis are a religious community in the Syrian district of Simʿān and across to Ossetia. Though not unlike Iraqi Arabs, their Kurdish dialect (Kurds) and distinctive tradition make them a distinct ethnic group. Around 1900 they numbered up to 300,000, but after World War I only 100,000 and by 1983 only around 20,000. In 2005 estimates of the number of Yezidis worldwide ranged up to several times this reduced figure, mainly in Iraq, Syria, Turk…

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Colpe, Carsten, “Yezidis”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 05 August 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_Y.3>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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