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Transformations in the Yezidi tradition after the ISIS attacks. An interview with Ilhan Kizilhan


  • Khanna Omarkhali

    () (Kurdish Studies program at the Institute of Iranian Studies, University of Göttingen, Germany)


Professor Dr. Jan Ilhan Kizilhan is a Yezidi transcultural psychologist. He is the Head of the Department of Mental Health and Addiction at the State University Baden-Württemberg, Germany. In that capacity he has made frequent visits to the Kurdistan Region in Iraq, as part of a project aiming to provide psychological aid to Yezidi women who escaped after being captured and enslaved by ISIS. Under ISIS, Yezidis suffered mass killings, forced conversion to Islam, torture, sexual slavery, and the abuse of their children as ISIS soldiers. In an interview with Khanna Omarkhali, Professor Kizilhan discusses his recent experiences.

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  • Khanna Omarkhali, 2016. "Transformations in the Yezidi tradition after the ISIS attacks. An interview with Ilhan Kizilhan," Kurdish Studies, Transnational Press London, UK, vol. 4(2), pages 148-154, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:mig:ksjrnl:v:4:y:2016:i:2:p:148-154

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