Khurto Hajji Ismail

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Khurto Hajji Ismail
Religion Yazidi
Senior posting
Title Bābā Shaikh

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.[1] He has held this position since 2007. He lives in Ain Sifni, Iraq.[2]

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.[3] During this visit, Baba Sheikh attended a conference held in Assisi[4] on 27–28 October, where the main theme was the peaceful coexistence of different religions.[3]

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  1. ^ United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). UNHCR’s ELIGIBILITY GUIDELINES FOR ASSESSING THE INTERNATIONAL PROTECTION NEEDS OF IRAQI ASYLUM-SEEKERS. Geneva, August 2007
  2. ^ "What you did not know about Iraq’s Yazidi minority". Al Arabiya. Al Arabiya Institute for Studies. August 11, 2014. Retrieved 7 October 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "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. 
  4. ^ Dr. Tarunjit Singh Butalia (31 October 2011). "25th Assisi World Day Of Prayer For Peace: Joys, Blessings And Hopes". The Huffington Post.