[lg policy] Do the Yazidi speak primarily Kurdish?

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Fri Aug 15 15:32:59 UTC 2014

Question for the group:

I recently read a news report that indicated that some (or perhaps most) of
the Yazidi minority currently being persecuted in northern Iraq were
speakers of Kurdish.  Today I googled this topic and got a Wikipedia
article that says the following:]

"The *Yazidi* (also Kurdish <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kurdish_language>:
*Yezidi, Êzidî, Êzdîtî*, Armenian
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armenian_language>: Եզդի *Yezdi*, Russian
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_language>: Езиды *Ezidy*) are a
mostly Kurdish-speaking
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kurdish_languages> ethnoreligious
group <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethnoreligious_group>. Yezidi Kurds[13]
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yazidi#cite_note-14> have a Kurdish culture
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kurdish_culture>. According to some sources
their religion is linked to ancient Zoroastrianism
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zoroastrianism> and Sufism
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sufism> while other sources view their
religion as a combination of Shia <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shia_Islam>
and Sufi Islam with indigenous regional folk traditions.[15]
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yazidi#cite_note-PalmerBurgess2012-16> They
live primarily in the Nineveh Province
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nineveh_Province> of northern Iraq
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iraq>, a region once part of ancient Assyria
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assyria>. Additional communities in Armenia
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armenia>, Georgia
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georgia_%28country%29> and Syria
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syria> have been in decline since the 1990s
as a result of significant migration to Europe
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Europe>, especially to Germany

Does any member of this group have any better information on this?  Most
of the articles that mention the Yazidis do not mention their language.


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