Yazidism Timeline

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  • 680 CE - 683 CE
    Yazid ibn Mu’awiya reigns over the Umayyad Caliphate.
  • 1100 CE - 1167 CE
    Muslim historian ‘Abd al-Karim al-Sam’ani first records the Yazidis as a distinct community.
  • c. 1100 CE - 1162 CE
    The Sufi mystic Sheikh 'Adi journeys to the Kurdish mountains in Iraq. His followers eventually call themselves "Yazidis."
  • 1162 CE - c. 1400 CE
    Yazidi culture and ethnic identity coalesce after the death of Sheikh 'Adi in 1162 CE.
  • c. 1200 CE - 1253 CE
    Sheikh 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 CE
    Fearing 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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680 CE - 683 CE: Yazid ibn Mu’awiya reigns over the Umayyad Caliphate.
 
1100 CE - 1167 CE: Muslim historian ‘Abd al-Karim al-Sam’ani first records the Yazidis as a distinct community.
 
1100 CE - 1162 CE: The Sufi mystic Sheikh 'Adi journeys to the Kurdish mountains in Iraq. His followers eventually call themselves "Yazidis."
 
1162 CE - 1400 CE: Yazidi culture and ethnic identity coalesce after the death of Sheikh 'Adi in 1162 CE.
 
1200 CE - 1253 CE: Sheikh 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 CE: Fearing 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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