Gerard Russell is the author of the newly published Heirs to Forgotten Kingdoms, which explains & details the disappearance of seven religions in the Middle East. Russell was a diplomat in Iraq from 2005-2006.
Russell’s book provides a view into more of the history behind the tribes of people – such as the Yazidi’s. The Yazidi’s, and other unique tribes have been persecuted for thousands of years in the Middle East & most recently have been persecuted & driven from their homes by ISIS, victims of the Syrian civil war. Many of those who have been lucky enough to survive are living in UN-issued tents in Iraqi Kurdistan while the unrest in the region unfolds.
But who are these people & what is their faith? How has this group managed to survive this long?
Here is an in-depth interview completed by NPR that is well worth a listen.
You can read an excerpt of the book here.
Some of these religions predate Christianity by thousands of years – to Babylon & Assyria. Now their extinction is threatened as never before in this volatile modern world. What can we do as a congregation to help preserve these threatened ancient faiths?