Khurto Hajji Ismail
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Khurto Hajji Ismail (Kurdish: Xurto Hecî Îsmaîl) is the current Baba Sheikh or Axtîyarê Mergê Bavê Şêx—religious leader—of the Yazidi Kurdish community of Iraq. He has held this position since 2007. He lives in Ain Sifni, Iraq.
In 2011, after a six-day visit to Georgia during which he met the Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia Ilia II, Baba Sheikh left Tbilisi to pay an official visit to the Vatican, where he met Pope Benedict XVI. During this visit, Baba Sheikh attended a conference held in Assisi on 27–28 October, where the main theme was the peaceful coexistence of different religions.
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- "What you did not know about Iraq’s Yazidi minority". Al Arabiya. Al Arabiya Institute for Studies. August 11, 2014. Retrieved 7 October 2014.
- "His Holiness Akhtiyare Marge Bave Shekh met with His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI". sarhad.ge. Yezidi of Georgia. 30 October 2011. Retrieved 12 October 2014.
- Dr. Tarunjit Singh Butalia (31 October 2011). "25th Assisi World Day Of Prayer For Peace: Joys, Blessings And Hopes". The Huffington Post.
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