The Sharya branch of the Lalesh center holds a meeting about Yazidi literature
Under the title “Lalesh: a spring pouring into the stream of Kurdish culture”, the Sharya branch of the Lalesh cultural and social center, which is situated in the south of Duhok city, has held a cultural evening which sought to raise Yazidi issues relating to religion, and to intellectualize Yazidi society. A number of Yazidi intellectuals attended the event, which was presided over by Shex Shamo, the head of the Duhok branch. The meeting focused on: the literature of the Yazidi religion, comparisons with other religions, and the history of the Yazidi religion.
At the event, Jalal Lazgin, the head of the Sharya center, gave a speech in which he thanked those who came up with the idea for the evening and motivated them to remain active and to raise a better Yazidi generation through such activities.
In the first session, Kovan Khanke, who holds an MA in literature and Yazidi religious philosophy, talked about a Yazidi holy figure ''Baized Bastmi'' and carelessness. He was followed by Ali Joqi (MA in religious Yazidi literature), who talked about religious texts in general and Yazidi religious texts in particular and how they should be used.
In the second session, a number of Yazidi intellectuals talked about the history of the Yazidi from the formation of the Iraqi government in 1921 until 2003. Ayad Ajaj (MA in Modern Yazidi History) gave a lecture entitled “The Yazidis and the Iraqi government, 1921-2003”. Arshad Hamo ( MA in Yazidi History) and Shevan Bebo gave a lecture about the Yazidi in the era of Sheikh Hassan, a holy Yazidi figure, and the relationship between the Yazidi and the Moslems.
The talks were followed by a discussion on how best to bring about a good Yazidi society between teachers, religious men and students. Many poets also attended the event, including Khidir Haji, Jamal Kodi and Hero Mustafa. At the end of the event, the participants were awarded certificates of thanks by the Lalesh center (Sharya branch) for their efforts on behalf of the Yazidi religion.
Milat Mustafa, who participated in the event, said: “I am very happy that such an event was held in a Yazidi district, because it has taught us to be close to our religion and how to be better informed about it. We will now be on a par with other religions in being able to show oth- ers what our religion is,” added Mustafa.
Yazidi intellectuals discuss Yazidi issues in Sharya. Photo: Sardar Barkat