How the Islamic State’s Terror Changed the Yazidi Religion

It used to be a dogma that Yazidis who left the religion, by force or by choice, couldn’t return to the faith. This changed when Yazidi women and girls began escaping from the Islamic State’s enslavement across the so-called caliphate. The terrorists had forced the women and girls to convert to Islam, kept them in prisons, sold them at slave markets, and raped them. Therefore, in 2014, the Yazidi spiritual leaders ruled that the faith group would welcome back former captives using a baptism rite.

Read Cathy Otten’s informative article at The Atlantic. She is the author of With Ash on Their Faces: Yezidi Women and the Islamic State (New York, 2017).