Khalil Rashow

Khalil Rashow or Xelîl Cindî Reşo (born 1952) is a contemporary Yazidi academic, writer and researcher. He was born in the village of Mam Rasha in district of Sheikhan in Mosul province in northern Iraq. From 1970 to 1974 he studied at the department of Kurdish language and literature of University of Baghdad. He moved to Czechoslovakia in 1986 and received his PhD from the Oriental Institute of Charles University in Prague in 1991. From 1985 to 1991 he was the head of Society of Kurdish Students in Europe (KSSE). After the fall of communism, he sought refuge in Germany in 1992. He has been teaching Kurdish language at the University of Göttingen since 1996. From 1999 to 2005 he has conducted research in cooperation with Professor Kreyenbroek on Yazidi religious beliefs. He is considered as an authority on Yazidi folklore.[1]


  1. Êzidiyatî: li ber roşnaya hindek têkistêt ayinê Êzidiyan (Yazidism: In Light of Some Yazidi Religious Texts), Korî Zanyarî Kurd, Baghdad 1979. (in Kurdish, co-authored with Xidir Silêman).
  2. Kurdish national liberation movements in southern Kurdistan 1939-1968, APEC Publishers, Stockholm, 1994. (in Arabic)
  3. Du´a û dirozêt Êzidiyan (Prayers of the Yazidis), in two parts, Einbeck Publishers, Germany, 1997. (in Kurdish)
  4. Nehwa me´rifat haqîqet al-diyana al-êzidiya, Rabun Publishers, Sweden, 1998.(in Arabic)
  5. Perin ji Edebê Dînê Êzidiyan (Pages from religious literature of Yazidis), in two volumes, Spîrêz Publishers, Duhok, 2004. (in Kurdish)
  6. Sacred Poems and Religious Narratives from the Yezidi Tradition, Berlin, Iranika. (co-authored with Prof. Kreyenbroek) (in English)


  1. C. Allison, The Yezidi Oral Tradition in Iraqi Kurdistan, 313 pp., Routledge Publishers, ISBN 0-7007-1397-2, p.295

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