İdil

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For the name, see İdil (name).
İdil
İdil is located in Turkey
İdil
İdil
Coordinates: 37°20′30″N 41°53′30″E / 37.34167°N 41.89167°E / 37.34167; 41.89167Coordinates: 37°20′30″N 41°53′30″E / 37.34167°N 41.89167°E / 37.34167; 41.89167
Country Turkey
Province Şırnak
Government
 • Mayor Mehmet Muhdi Aslan (BDP)
 • Kaymakam Adem Kaya
Area[1]
 • District 1,266.10 km2 (488.84 sq mi)
Population (2012)[2]
 • Urban 24,595
 • District 71,147
 • District density 56/km2 (150/sq mi)
Post code 733xx
Website www.idil.bel.tr

İdil (Syriac: ܒܝܬ ܙܒܕܐ Beṯ Zabday or ܐܙܟ Āzaḵ, Kurdish: Hezex) is a district of Şırnak Province of Turkey. The predominant religion in the region is Islam, although it was once the home of many Assyrians belonging to the Syriac Orthodox Church and who were speakers of the Syriac language, an Aramaic dialect. Idil, part of Tur Abdin, was one of the villages that fell victim to the Assyrian Genocide or Seyfo (literally "the sword" in Syriac) from 1915-1918 (the final years of the Ottoman Empire). After the genocide, many of Idil's (or Beth-Zabday's) surviving Assyrian population was involved in a diaspora; like many of the other Assyrians and Armenians; they too fled to parts of the Middle East, Cyprus, Germany, Sweden, Holland, Canada, and the United States. Kefshenne is one of its important villages.

Districts of Şırnak

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Area of regions (including lakes), km²". Regional Statistics Database. Turkish Statistical Institute. 2002. Retrieved 2013-03-05. 
  2. ^ "Population of province/district centers and towns/villages by districts - 2012". Address Based Population Registration System (ABPRS) Database. Turkish Statistical Institute. Retrieved 2013-02-27.