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The preproposal describes a recommended methodology and preparation of results for examining the demography and population structure of the Ezidi population in Iraq, especially according to traditional Ezidi perspectives of caste, tribe, clan, and settlement. The skills cultivated in developing this preproposal include,

  1. an ability to introduce a research question, including conducting the necessary literature review and a description of the projected methodolology;

  2. integration of demographic tools and principles, including a focus on demographic characteristics, demographic processes, and sampling methods;

  3. application of concepts from sociology regarding minority status, marginalization, irredentism, and socioeconomics;

  4. and stronger research writing skills, with a focus on communicating concepts clearly and with fewer words.

This research question is, "What is the demography and population structure of Ezidkhan?"

  1. Research question

  2. Literature review

  3. Methodology

The final project will consist of a paper describing the research and methodology, with three appendices: a table; a tree; and a map. The database of tribes is the core product, and includes the tribes' relations to one another and to the geography of Ezidkhan, and basic demographic characteristics of each tribe. While the database is row-based, the relations between tribes can also be visualized as a genealogical tree. Also, the tribes' relations to the landscape can be visualized on a map.


Abouzeid, Rania. WHEN THE WEAPONS FALL SILENT: RECONCILIATION IN SINJAR AFTER ISIS. European Council on Foreign Relations, 2018, Accessed 27 May 2020.

Açikyildiz, Birgül. “The Sanctuary of Shaykh ʿAdī at Lalish: Centre of Pilgrimage of the Yezidis.” Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, vol. 72, no. 2, 2009, pp. 301–333. JSTOR, Accessed 27 May 2020.

Cordesman, Anthony H. The Challenge of Past Divisions and Conflicts. Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), 2017, pp. 11–15, After ISIS: Creating Strategic Stability in Iraq, Accessed 27 May 2020.

Fuccaro, Nelida. “Ethnicity, State Formation, and Conscription in Postcolonial Iraq: The Case of the Yazidi Kurds of Jabal Sinjar.” International Journal of Middle East Studies, vol. 29, no. 4, 1997, pp. 559–580. JSTOR, Accessed 27 May 2020.

Kaválek, Tomáš. The Situation in Shingal District. Middle East Research Institute, 2017, pp. 10–16, Competing Interests in Shingal District: Examining the PKK-Linked Structures, Defusing Tensions, Accessed 27 May 2020.

Khan, Jesmeen. “The Iraqi Tribal Structure: Background and Influence on Counter-Terrorism.” Perspectives on Terrorism, vol. 1, no. 1, 2007, pp. 3–11. JSTOR, Accessed 27 May 2020.

Lamani, Mokhtar. Minorities in Iraq: The Other Victims. Centre for International Governance Innovation, 2009, Accessed 27 May 2020.

Murdock S.H., et al. “The Academic Training of Applied Demographers: History, Evolution, and a Description of the First Ph.D. Program in Applied Demography.” Applied Demography in the 21st Century, edited by Steve Murdock, Springer, 2008, pp. 347-357.

Nicolaus, Peter. “The Lost Sanjaq.” Iran & the Caucasus, vol. 12, no. 2, 2008, pp. 217–251. JSTOR, Accessed 27 May 2020.

Nicolaus, Peter. “Yezidi Circumcision and Blood-Brotherhood (Including the Circumcision of the Dead).” Iran & the Caucasus, vol. 20, no. 3/4, 2016, pp. 325–345. JSTOR, Accessed 27 May 2020.

Rodziewicz, Artur. “Tawus Protogonos: Parallels between the Yezidi Theology and Some Ancient Greek Cosmogonies.” Iran & the Caucasus, vol. 18, no. 1, 2014, pp. 27–45. JSTOR, Accessed 27 May 2020.

Rodziewicz, Artur. “And the Pearl Became an Egg: The Yezidi Red Wednesday and Its Cosmogonic Background.” Iran & the Caucasus, vol. 20, no. 3/4, 2016, pp. 347–367. JSTOR, Accessed 27 May 2020.

Spät, Eszter. “Religious Oral Tradition and Literacy among the Yezidis of Iraq.” Anthropos, vol. 103, no. 2, 2008, pp. 393–403. JSTOR, Accessed 27 May 2020.

Swanson, David A., et al. “What Is Applied Demography?” Population Research and Policy Review, vol. 15, no. 5/6, 1996, pp. 403–418. JSTOR, Accessed 2 June 2020.

Yepiskoposian, Levon, et al. “Genetic Affinity between the Armenian Yezidis and the Iraqi Kurds.” Iran & the Caucasus, vol. 14, no. 1, 2010, pp. 37–42. JSTOR, Accessed 27 May 2020.

Interesting result about Ezidi refugees in Germany,

Violence in the era and area from where many Ezidis tribe trace their origins,

And the late 18th century,

Ezidis in Russia in the 19th century,

An old result useful for anecdotes,

Information about musical tradition, useful to inquire about musical tradition when doing expert sampling,

Notable for nice description of the Ezidi caste system,

Very useful analysis of misinformation about Ezidis,

Extremely useful content about Ezidi social structure,

Useful frameworks for discussing genocide, including ‘palimpsestic genocide’,

Useful overview especially for non-Iraqi Ezidi communities in Armenia and Georgia,

Fascinating comparative look at Ezidism and Yarsanism,

Very important analysis of immigration and Ezidi structures,