The Sharya branch of the Lalesh center holds a meet­ing about Yazidi lit­er­a­ture

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - By Has­san Shin­gali

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

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