Yezidis & Hindus: Commonalities in the History of Persecution

Prof. Gautam Sen & Dr. Shilpi Tiwari LIVE with Madhu Kishwar

With degrees of MBBS, MS (General Surgery), and DNB (Urology), Dr. Shilpi Tiwari is a Visiting Consultant of the Department of Urology at Millennium Cancer Center, National Heart Institute in New Delhi. Actively involved in various research projects, he was bestowed with the All India National Talent Scholars Award.

Not many are aware that the Yezidi culture bears striking similarities with the Hindu culture. The two cultures are intertwined in their paths since ancient times and Yezidis have imbibed the Hindu culture in their own. Since the spread of Islam began with the early Muslim conquests of the 7th–8th centuries, Yezidis & Hindus have faced centuries of persecution as they are considered as “devil worshippers” by the Christian and Muslim communities around the world. 

In its online magazine Dabiq, the Islamic State said that the treatment meted out to the Yezidi and Hindu women was in compliance with that prescribed for the defeated “mushrik” (idolators) in the Islamic law: freeing enslaved women from ‘shirk’ (disbelief) and bolstering conversions to Islam, punishment of ‘kuffar’ (disbelievers), illustrating the supremacy of Islamic State captors, increasing the offspring of the ‘mujahideen’ (fighters), and as a reward for the ‘mujahideen‘.

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