This Assyrian Christian (Assyrian Church of the East) village is said to have been built 900 years ago. There were nearly 80 families (500 people) living here before the Kurdish-Iraqi war. It was agriculturally self-sufficient and popular as a summer resort. Today, it subsists on agriculture and tourism is no longer significant.
We ride over [from Amedi] to the Nestorian village of Bibudi. ... The village is beautifully situated under the mountain range, and overlooking the valley. ... The villagers all gather on the housetops to welcome us; they are exceedingly friendly. It is a wedding day, and they are all dressed in their gay clothing. The church is a very neat stone building with a low door. Prime 1859, p 277-278; 25 November 1856