The Badjwan are a small Kurdish community living some 45 kilometers southeast of Mosul who profess Ahl-i Haqq or Kakai beliefs and are thus sometimes referred to as a ghulat, or extremist Shiite sect. They speak a Gurani dialect. The Badjwan are closely identified with the Shabak but are tribally organized while the latter are not. Intermarriage between the two communities and others of similar beliefs has somewhat blurred distinctions between them in recent years.

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  • Badjalan —    See Badjwan …   Historical Dictionary of the Kurds

  • Badjuran —    See Badjwan …   Historical Dictionary of the Kurds

  • Sarliyya —    The Sarliyya, or Sarlis, are a small group of Kurdish Ahl i Haqq (Kakais) living in northern Iraq in six villages close to where the Great Zab River meets the Tigris River and approximately 45 kilometers southeast of Mosul. Like the Yezidis,… …   Historical Dictionary of the Kurds

  • Shabak —    This is a community living in several dozen villages east of Mosul whose religious beliefs are similar to the Alevis (Qizilbash) in Turkey. Although they consider themselves to be Kurds, in the recent past the Iraqi government made strong… …   Historical Dictionary of the Kurds

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