Jon Lange -The Black Book of the Yezidis
The Black Book of the Yezidis was first published in English over 120 years ago. Since then it has garnered much critical attention by ethnologists and theologians, receiving condemnation in some quarters as a fake, and in others a nod of approval as being possibly the only legitimate text (along with the Book of the Revelation) that gives some insight into these remarkable people and their beliefs. The editor has done an outstanding job in compiling six different translations and providing exhaustive notes. His introduction explains how this short text has been perceived by the outside world and believes it should be taken more seriously as it, in essence, contains a grain of truth. An extensive bibliography is also provided for those who may wish to do some further research into the Yezidis who are now being forced to scatter abroad, far from their homeland of Iraq, thanks to the ongoing political turmoil in their country. Hopefully, this book will compensate for any injustices they have already suffered and will enable others to view them with a deeper appreciation.