Part 1 Tribe, sect and state: Kurdish tribes and Yazidi religion; the Yazidi polity of northern Iraq; the Yazidi Kurds and the state -Ottoman reform. Part 2 Communities and tribes: Yazidis and Christians; inter-communalism; the Yazidi tribes; tribes, traders and resources; land dispute during the Mandate. Part 3 Colonial rule: colonial rule and rural communities; tribal policies in Sinjar; the Iraq administration and the Christian question; tribal affairs - the 1925 disturbances; tribal authority. Part 4 Tribes, borders and nation building: the RAF and the Mosul dispute; the border between Iraq and Syria - Anglo-French policy; border disturbances - Yazidis and Bedouins; Kurdish trans-regional identities. Part 5 Inter-communal strife and political mobilization: communities, the League of Nations and minorities; attempts at Yazidi religious reform - the anti-emirate of Sinjar; the paradigm of the peacock; the politicisation of communalism; the Christian nation and the Iraqi Yazidis.