Khalil Rashow

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Khalil Rashow or Xelîl Cindî Reşo (born 1952) is a contemporary Yazidi
Yazidi
The Yazidi are members of a Kurdish religion with ancient Indo-Iranian roots. They are primarily a Kurdish-speaking people living in the Mosul region of northern Iraq, with additional communities in Transcaucasia, Armenia, Turkey, and Syria in decline since the 1990s – their members emigrating to...

-Kurdish
Kurdish people
The Kurdish people, or Kurds , are an Iranian people native to the Middle East, mostly inhabiting a region known as Kurdistan, which includes adjacent parts of Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Turkey...

 academic, writer and researcher. He was born in the village of Mam Rasha in district of Sheikhan in Mosul
Mosul Province
Mosul Province may refer to:*Mosul Governorate, sometimes province, see Ninawa*Mosul Province, Ottoman Empire.....

 province in northern Iraq
Iraq
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. From 1970 to 1974 he studied at the department of Kurdish language and literature of University of Baghdad
University of Baghdad
The University of Baghdad is the largest university in Iraq and the second largest Arab university following the University of Cairo.- Nomenclature :Both University of Baghdad and Baghdad University are used interchangeably....

. He moved to Czechoslovakia
Czechoslovakia
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 in 1986 and received his PhD from the Oriental Institute of Charles University in Prague
Prague
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 in 1991. From 1985 to 1991 he was the head of Society of Kurdish Students in Europe (KSSE). After the fall of communism, he sought refuge in Germany
Germany
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 in 1992. He has been teaching Kurdish language at the University of Göttingen since 1996. From 1999 to 2005 he has conducted research in cooperation with Professor Kreyenbroek on Yazidi
Yazidi
The Yazidi are members of a Kurdish religion with ancient Indo-Iranian roots. They are primarily a Kurdish-speaking people living in the Mosul region of northern Iraq, with additional communities in Transcaucasia, Armenia, Turkey, and Syria in decline since the 1990s – their members emigrating to...

 religious beliefs. He is considered as an authority on Yazidi folklore
Folklore
Folklore consists of legends, music, oral history, proverbs, jokes, popular beliefs, fairy tales and customs that are the traditions of a culture, subculture, or group. It is also the set of practices through which those expressive genres are shared. The study of folklore is sometimes called...

.

Books

  1. Êzidiyatî: li ber roşnaya hindek têkistêt ayinê Êzidiyan (Yazidism: In Light of Some Yazidi Religious Texts), Korî Zanyarî Kurd, Baghdad 1979. (in Kurdish, co-authorred with Xidir Silêman).
  2. Kurdish national liberation movements in southern Kurdistan 1939-1968 , APEC Publishers, Stockholm, 1994. (in Arabic)
  3. Du´a u dirozêt Êzidiyan (Prayers of the Yazidis), in two parts, Einbeck Publishers, Germany, 1997. (in Kurdish)
  4. Nehwa me´rifat haqîqet al-diyana al-êzidiya, Rabun Publishers, Sweden, 1998.(in Arabic)
  5. Perin ji Edebê Dînê Êzidiyan (Pages from religious literature of Yazidis), in two volumes, Spîrêz Publishers, Duhok, 2004. (in Kurdish)
  6. Sacred Poems and Religious Narratives from the Yezidi Tradition, Berlin, Iranika. (co-authored with Prof. Kreyenbroek) (in English)

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