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The Future of the Yazidi Community

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dc.contributor.advisor Hughes Rinker, Cortney Clements, Kaitlin Ray
dc.creator Clements, Kaitlin Ray 2019-12-05 2020-06-02T19:00:07Z 2020-06-02T19:00:07Z
dc.description.abstract This project takes an activist approach to the short and long-term issues of the Yazidi community of northern Iraq, now facing geographic separation as a direct consequence of the 2014 ISIS attacks on the Sinjar region. In this thesis, I will discuss the issues that the community faces due to geographic separation and how the community’s tight-knit belief systems and religious practices have shifted to accommodate the hardships since 2014, and how they may shift in the future. Specifically, this project is an attempt to establish and clarify how the Yazidi community now living in the United States has and is being affected by ISIS’s actions in 2014, and the reverberating effects in the community in both the United States and abroad. I claim that the political, economic, and social environment in Iraq, particularly in the 1990s and 2000s, brought about international interventions and the growth of organizations like ISIS, which in turn caused the Yazidis not just grave physical harm (and violations of human rights), but also transformations in their identity, beliefs, and practices. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Yazidi en_US
dc.subject Iraq en_US
dc.subject ISIS en_US
dc.subject terrorism en_US
dc.subject religious minority en_US
dc.subject Syria en_US
dc.title The Future of the Yazidi Community en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US Master of Arts in Middle East and Islamic Studies en_US Master's en_US Middle East and Islamic Studies en_US George Mason University en_US

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