Originally Posted by FeelTheLove
The guy is a real expert. Kurds are "Christians". I bet that will be news to them. "Ill-informed Americans" he says. HA!
Yazdanism refers to a group of native monotheistic religions practiced among the Kurds: Alevism, Yarsan and Yazidism. The main element in Yazdani faiths, is the belief in seven angelic entities that protect the world, therefore these traditions are named as Cult of Angels The original religion of the Kurds was Yazidism, a religion greatly influenced by the Jewish, Deavic, Zoroastrian, Christian and Islamic beliefs. However there are significant differences between Yazdanism and Zoroasterianism, such as the belief in re-incarnation. Most Yazidis live in Iraqi Kurdistan, in the vicinity of Mosul and Sinjar. The Yarsan (or Ahl-e Haqq) religion is practised in western Iran, primarily around Kermanshah. Christianity and Judaism both are still practised in very small numbers. Rabbi Asenath Barzani, who lived in Mosul from 1590 to 1670, was among the very first Jewish women to become a rabbi.
Today the majority of Kurds are officially Muslim, belonging to the Shafi school of Sunni Islam. Mystical practices and participation in Sufi orders are also widespread among Kurds. There is also a minority of Kurds that are Shia Muslims, primarily living in the Ilam and Kermanshah provinces of Iran, Central Iraq (Fayli Kurds). The Alevis are another religious minority among the Kurds, mainly found in Turkey.
It is been said that Kurds "hold their Islam lightly", meaning that their faith tends not to be as assertive as it can become in other areas. One consequence, for example, has been the greater freedoms enjoyed by Kurdish women have enjoyed more freedoms; they do not cover their faces, thier hijab is less restrictive and they do not wear full-cover garments such as the Iranian chador or Arabic abaya [85