PART ITHE TRANSLATION OF THE ARABIC TEXTPREFACE
In the Name of the Most Compassionate God
!With the help of the Most High God, and under his direction, we write the history of theYezidis, their doctrines, and the mysteries of their religion, as contained in their books,which reached our hand with their own knowledge and consentIn the time of Al-Mutadir Billah, A. H. 2951, there lived Manûr-al-allâj,2thewool-
carder, and Šei ‘Abd-al-âdir of Jîlân.3At that time, too, there appeared a man by thename of Šei ‘Adî, from the mountain of Hakkari,4originally from the region of Aleppoor Baalbek. He came and dwelt in Mount Lališ,5near the city of Mosul, about nine hoursdistant from it Some say he was of the people of arrân, and related to Marwân ibn-al-akam. His full name is Šaraf ad-Dîn Abû-l-Fadâîl, ‘Adî bn Musâfir bn Ismael bn Mousabn Marwân bn Al-asan bn Marwân. He died A. H. 558 (A. D. 1162-63). His tomb is stillvisited; it is near Ba‘adrei, one of the villages of Mosul, distant eleven hours. The Yezidisare the progeny of those who were the
(disciples) of Šei ‘Adî. Some trace theirorigin to Yezid,6others to asan-Al-Barî7.
29:1 p. 83A. H. 295 (A. D. 807-8). This is the date of Al-Mutadir's accession, who
reigned till A. H. 320 (A. D. 932); Cf. W. Muir,
, p. 559.29:2The life of Manûr-al-allâj is given in Fihrist (ed. Flügel), p. 190.29:3The life of ‘Abd-al-âdir of Jîlân is given in Jami's
(ed. Lee), p. 584.29:4The Hakkari country is a dependency of Mosul, and inhabited by Kurds andNestorians; cf. p. 104. Ibn aual, Kitâb al-Masâlik wal-Mamâlik (ed. M. J. De Goeje). pp.143 f.29:5Yaût, IV, 373, calls it Laileš and says that Šei ‘Adî lived there.29:6Presumably Yezîd bn Mu‘âwiya, the second caliph in the Omayyid dynasty, whoreigned, A. D. 680-83; cf. W. Muir,
, p. 327.29:7The life of asan al-Barî is given in Ibn allikân. He is not to be identified withasan al-Barî (died 100 A. H., who, according to Mohammedan tradition, first pointedthe Koran text, with the assistance of Yayâ bn Yamar.
AL-JILWAH (THE REVELATION)
Before all creation this revelation was with Melek â’ûs, who sent ‘Abd â’ûs to this worldthat he might separate truth known to his particular people.This was done, first of all, by means of oral tradition, and afterward by means of this book,Al-Jilwah, which the outsiders may neither read nor behold.