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978-0-7391-7774-7 • Hardback • December 2016 • $105.00 • (£81.00)
978-1-4985-4980-6 • Paperback • October 2018 • $40.99 • (£32.00)
978-0-7391-7775-4 • eBook • December 2016 • $39.00 • (£30.00)
Sebastian Maisel is associate professor of Arabic and Middle East studies at Grand Valley State University.
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Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Minorities in Syria: Competing Hierarchies
Chapter 3. Demystifying the Yezidis: A Word about the Sources
Chapter 4. Religious Beliefs and Social Organization
Chapter 5. Historical Developments
Chapter 6. Yezidis in the New Syria
Chapter 7. Conclusion: Future Challenges
This important and timely work fills a lacuna that has long been felt by students of Yezidism and others. It offers a thorough, scholarly, and much-needed account of the current position of the Yezidis in Syria, their religion, and historical background. The book makes a major contribution to Yezidi studies.
— Philip G. Kreyenbroek, Georg-August University
There is still great need for research, especially on aspects of Yezidism as practiced by different local communities. Maisel’s book focuses on identity issues among the Yezidis in Syria, a double minority group which constructed two distinct local identities in past decades, but is now moving towards a unified one. Thus this book is very welcome since it contributes to our knowledge of the current situation of the Yezidi community in Syria.
— Khanna Omarkhali, Georg-August University, Göttingen