Sheth Jerjis: Turkish national policy had never paid attention to the sufferings of the Iraqi Turkmen

Instability in the Middle East, including Iran, Iraq, and Syria, creates difficulties for the entire population of these countries; however, sometimes, minorities become victims of repression, massacres, or political games.One of such minorities, who inhabit the countries mentioned above, is Iraqi TurkmenWe discussed the current state of Iraqi Turkmen with Sheth Jerjis, Chairman of the Iraqi Turkmen Human Rights Research Foundation.We know that during the reign of Saddam Hussein, Iraq’s government was taking measures to assimilate Turkmen and change the ethnic composition of cities densely populated by Turkmen.What is the situation in today’s Iraq? The details on the situation of…

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The Religious Doctrines of the Iraqi Turkmen: a Focus on the Shia Turkmen

Sheth JerjisIntroductionPractically all the Iraqi Turkmen people embrace Islam. Very few of them are Christian; they are called Christians of the Citadel, referring to the Kerkuk citadel, their mother language is Turkmen and they use Turkmen language in their religious ceremonies (Al-Hirmizi 2005a and 2005b, and Samanchi 1999). With time and particularly after evacuation and demolition of the Kerkuk citadel during 1997-1998, they had migrated mainly to Baghdad and out of the country. The history of their presence in Kerkuk extends by some sources to the time of the Mongols of Genghis khan in the 13th century.Regarding the doctrinal (sectorial)…

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