Date of publishing:

25.9.2022

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.21104/CL.2022.3.03

Abstract:

The paper shows that the stabilizing and anti-assimilationist elements of the Yazidi religion in Yazidi groups differ quite markedly by cultural-geographical units, i.e., – between Yazdis in Iraqi Kurdistan, Caucasian and Central Asian Yazidis, and also those in Western European diasporas. By means of examples from the main elements of the Yazidi religion, the article highlights their different social and religious stabilizing functions. The individual religious elements (and their functions) that Yazidis consider important vary quite significantly not only over time but particularly over geographical space. Those religious elements and injunctions (e.g., emphasis on marriage rules) that can significantly stabilize Yazidi society in Iraqi Kurdistan can, conversely, just as significantly destabilize Yazidi society in the diaspora (especially in Western Europe).

Keywords

Yazidis; Kurdistan; Diaspora; Caucasus; Central Asia; religious stability;

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