WHO ARE THE MINORITIES OF THE MIDDLE EAST?

While it may be easy to stamp the middle east as a basin of 1 religious and ethnic group, the fact is that the middle east is a very complex and diverse society. Ethnic groups and religious groups, many dating back thousands of years, have co-existed side by side for millennia and continue to do so today. With the rise of political and extremist Islam, the world has stood silently while watching the region steadily empty itself of this heterogeneous culture. What can be done to preserve these people in the land they call home? 

IRAQ

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  • Chaldeans Syraics Assyrians: Indigenous, Semitic people who speak Aramaic and are among the first people to convert to Christianity, they primarily belong to Chaldean Catholic Church, Assyrian Church of East, Syriac Orthodox Church, Syriac Catholic Church, Ancient Church of the East and Protestants.
  • Turkmen: Ethnic Turks. Reside exclusively in the north, particularly in areas such as Mosul and Kirkuk.
  • Mandaeans: Indigenous community belonging to an ancient, Gnostic faith.
  • Armenians: Orthodox Christian sect.
  • Yezidis:An ethno-religious people who is one of the oldest ethnic groups in Mesopotamia and mostly reside in Nineveh Plains.
  • Shabaks: Indo-European minority with their own language. Have been the subject of “Kurdization” and resulting violence.