680 CE - 683 CEYazid ibn Mu'awiya reigns over the Umayyad Caliphate.
1100 CE - 1167 CEMuslim historian 'Abd al-Karim al-Sam'ani first records the Yazidis as a distinct community.
c. 1100 CE - 1162 CEThe Sufi mystic Sheikh 'Adi journeys to the Kurdish mountains in Iraq. His followers eventually call themselves "Yazidis."
1162 CE - c. 1400 CEYazidi culture and ethnic identity coalesce after the death of Sheikh 'Adi in 1162 CE.
c. 1200 CE - 1253 CESheikh Hasan, the grandson of Sheikh 'Adi's nephew, expands Yazidi influence throughout the Muslim world. Yazidis immigrate to large swathes of the Middle East.
1253 CEFearing a Kurdish revolt, the provincial governor of Mosul sends his forces to burn Sheikh 'Adi's bones in Lalish. Sheikh Hasan, the leader of the Yazidis, is captured and beheaded.
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