Although the Islamic State is removed from their main areas in northern Iraq, they continue to be a very vulnerable community in a region which has fundamental issues with minority rights. An easier exit strategy for the Yazidis has been a mass migration to Europe, which may have offered them minority rights but physically has to disconnect them from their ancient lands.
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Despite some drastic changes since the early years of the Islamic Revolution, the state is still reluctant to give more freedom to musicians to express themselves. Women, in particular, face severe restrictions when it comes to producing and disseminating music. Although women can play instruments on stage, they are not allowed to sing solo in public. As a result, solo women singers primarily produce music overseas.
Like the Baathist ideology in its time, IS’s takfirist discourse, excommunicating Muslims on the basis of their supposed apostasy and promoted by Jordanian jihadist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and his Iraqi followers, is inseparable from the cycles of civil conflict that have plagued Iraq. It may re-erupt as IS has not been entirely defeated on the ground.