Yezidism in Europe: Different Generations Speak about Their Religion
Otto Harrassowitz Verlag, 2009 - 246 Seiten
Yezidism is a minority religion that is largely based on tradition rather than scripture. In the homelands - Turkey, Iraq, Syria and Transcaucasia - its world-view is closely connected with local culture, and most easily understood in that context. From the 1960s onwards, an increasing number of Yezidis from Turkey, Iraq and Syria were forced to migrate to Western Europe. After the fall of the Soviet Union many Yezidis from Armenia and Georgia moved to Russia and the Ukraine. This work addresses the question of differences in perception of the religion between Yezidi migrants who grew up in the homeland and those who were mainly socialised in the Diaspora. It is based on extensive qualitative research among Yezidis of different generations in Germany and Russia.
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Yezidi societies in the homelands
Selfdefinition in terms of tribal identity
Religious Upbringing and Teaching
Knowledge and Perceptions of Religion
Communication with the older generation
Knowledge and understanding of the Religion
Attitudes and Questions of Culture
Life in the Diaspora
Perceptions and Definitions of Yezidism
Knowledge about the homeland
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