Shekhan District

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Country  Iraq
Governorate Dihok Governorate
founded December 16, 1924
Seat Ain Sifni
 • Total 1,259 km2 (486 sq mi)
Population (2003)WFP program estimation[1]
 • Total 90,590
Time zone UTC+3 (AST)

The Shekhan District is a district in the Dihok Governorate of Iraqi Kurdistan with its capital at Ain Sifni.[1]

It is bordered by the Amadiya and Dahuk Districts of the Dahuk Governorate to the north, the Akre district to the east, Al-Hamdaniya District to the south, and the Tel Kaif District to the west.


The Shekhan District was formed on December 16, 1924.[1] After the 1935 Yazidi revolt, the district was placed under military control.[2][3]


Historical population
Census Pop.

It is mainly populated by Yazidis with a large Assyrian minority.[4]

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  1. ^ a b c d "Basic information about Shekhan District" (PDF). Christian Aid Program in Iraq. Archived from the original (PDF) on April 25, 2012. Retrieved October 7, 2014. 
  2. ^ Wehrey, Frederic M. (2002). "The Insurgent State: Politics and communal dissent in Iraq, 1919-1936". DTIC. 
  3. ^ Fuccaro, Nelinda. Ethnicity, State Formation, and Conscription in Postcolonial Iraq: The Case of the Yazidi Kurds of Jabal Sinjar. International Journal of Middle East Studies Vol. 29, No. 4 (Nov., 1997), pp. 559-580.
  4. ^ Shefler, Gil (August 7, 2014). "Islamic State accused of capturing Yazidi women and forcing them to convert, or else". Washington Post. Religion News Service. Retrieved October 7, 2014.