Glimpse of the past

1-2 Yezidis in the Kozildzha village, Kars region, Russian empire, 1912
3. Erivan Province, 1912
4. Usiv Beg with Ashkharbek Kalantar, Erivan province, 1912

Kalantar was commissioned by the Russian Academy in 1912 to go to the Yezidis and to create material about them for the academy. He spent some time among the Yezidis, met Usiv Beg, the head of the Yezidis there, and photographed some of them.

  1. Three Yezidi girls in traditional attire, Tbilisi, 1950s
  2. Yezidis in Tbilisi, 1903.
    Photo taken by Williams Jackson
  3. Three Yezidi girls in traditional attire, Tbilisi, 1950s
  4. Yezidis demonstrating on November 7, 1938 in Tbilisi
Yezidi women and children in Armenia, 1930
Jangir Agha with his family, early 20th century, Armenia

Resistance fighters under the leadership of Jangir Agha, early 20th century, Ottoman Empire

From Abbas al-Azzawi’s book on Yezidis

The Iraqi historian Abbas al-Azzawi published a book on the history and religion of the Yezidis under the title “Tarikh al-Yazidiyya” (History of the Yezidis) in 1935. With his work, al-Azzawi followed the Islamic-Arab school and its view of the Yezidis,
which is rejected in today’s studies.

From his book, the Yezidi Photo Archive published several photos and illustrations that are of particular historical value for the Yezidis.


Khudeda Hamo Shero

Khudeda was the son of the legendary Yezidi head of Sinjar, Hamo Shero (1850 – 1933), the “old man on the mountain”, as he was also called. Hamo Shero became famous through his successful resistance fight against the Ottomans and Kurdish and Arab tribes in Iraq. He shaped life in Sinjar for several decades and became the most powerful leader there.

From the 1920s onwards, his son Khudeda Hamo Shero slowly took over his father’s affairs. All contemporary observers and reports confirm the competence and political acumen of Khudeda. After the death of his father in 1933, he became his successor and tried to form a unity among the Yezidis as best he could, and he was very diplomatic with the government to promote the Yezidis’ interests.



Abdilkarim Ismail Beg

Abdilkarim was the eldest son of the famous Mir Ismail Beg (1888 – 1933) from the Yezidi princely family. Abdilkarim was born in 1907. Shortly after his birth his mother Rawshe Feqir Hassan died.

He was one of the first Yezidis to attend school in Baghdad at his father’s instigation. The revolutionary endeavours for the Yezidis of his father were companied and supported by him . In 1953, he passed away.

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