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Yazidi in Turkey

Yazidi

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
2,700 Kurdish, Northern Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %   

Yazidi in Turkey

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Introduction / History
The Yazidi are a Kurdish people who follow an old religion related to Zoroastrianism, but which has remnants of Hinduism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Their origins are in Iran, Iraq, and Turkey. In Iraq they have been violently persecuted so many times in the last couple of decades that some have fled to Turkey in hopes of finding safety and the possibility of moving to the West.

Where are they located?
At this time, Yazidis are living in refugee camps in Turkey where they often lack food, water, and medical care.

What are their lives like?
They are mostly monogamous, though chiefs may take more than one wife.

They are a closed community which avoids prolonged contact with non-Yazidis, accepts no converts and will kill a daughter who marries outside the religion.

They have been misunderstood by their Muslim neighbors for centuries. They are scorned and despised as "devil worshippers," mostly because of their beliefs regarding the "Peacock Angel," which some Muslims interpret as the devil.

What are their beliefs?
Yazidis believe God created the world and then created seven archangels to rule it. One of them, the Peacock Angel, passed a test by God in which he would not bow down and worship Adam. As a result he was made the "god of this world." This story is similar in Islamic teachings regarding Satan. However, the Muslim belief is that Satan was punished for not bowing down. The Peacock Angel is "Melek Taus" or "Shaytan." The latter is the name in the Koran for Satan.

Their world view revolves around angels. Besides praying toward the sun, they will fast for certain angels whom they think control the affairs of this world. They aren't supposed to wear the color blue or eat lettuce. Their holy day is Wednesday and they aren't supposed to take showers on that day. They celebrate New Year's Day as the first Wednesday in the month of Nisan. This is the day they believe the Peacock Angel comes to the Earth as God's representative.

Yazidis believe that they are descendants of Adam, but not of Eve. Instead, they have descended separate from others through Adam's other wife, Jar or Jer.

What are their needs?
Today the Yadizis need to find a safe homeland, which will probably not be either Iraq or Turkey. Unless they find refuge elsewhere, it is only a matter of time before Muslims persecute them again.

Prayer Points
* Pray for the light of Christ to shine upon the Yazidis in Turkey.
* Pray for believers to reach out to them in their Diaspora.
* Pray for believers among them to be accepted as Yazidis who believe in Jesus and not rejected as cultural traitors.
* Pray for strong Yazidi based fellowships to emerge during their time of crisis.

References
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/20455/TU
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/20455/IZ
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yazidis_in_Turkey
https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/7078/turkey-isis-slaves
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/yazidis-in-turkeys-refugee-camps-discriminated-against-report.aspx?pageID=238&nID=95826&NewsCatID=341
http://www.balcanicaucaso.org/eng/Areas/Turkey/Turkey-of-refugees-among-the-Yazidis-in-Diyarbakir-163121
https://roarmag.org/essays/yazidi-refugees-turkey/
http://www.yazda.org/report-yazidi-refugees-in-turkey-and-syria-seek-legal-admission-to-third-countries-via-refugee-resettlement-programs/
http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/index.php/issue/day/Yezidis/

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Country: Turkey
Continent: Asia
Region: Central Asia
Persecution Rank:26 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Diyarbakir refugee camp
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Yazidi
People Name General: Yazidi
Alternate People Names:
Yezidi
ROP3 Code: 116305
Joshua Project People ID: 20455
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 2,700
Population all Countries: 711,000
Least-Reached: Yes
   
 
Affinity Bloc: Persian-Median
People Cluster: Kurd
People Name General: Yazidi
Ethnic Code: CNT24c
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
   
 
Language
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Primary Language: Kurdish, Northern (2,700 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): kmr    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
   
 
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam100.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
 
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
   
 
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
 
 
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1856-2016
New Testament:
1872-2005Audio
Complete Bible: 2008
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
 World Bible Finder
 World Christian Resource Directory
 Gospel Go
 
 
Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Kurdish, Northern
Film / VideoLife's Gold (Indigitube.tv)
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoMy Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / VideoThe Prophets Story (Indigitube.tv)
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
GeneralKurdish Ministry Resources
Text / Printed MatterBible: Kurdish New Testament & Psalms
Text / Printed MatterInternational Bible Society
Text / Printed MatterJesus Messiah comic book
 
 
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