Shekhan District

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Nation  Iraq
Governorate Nineveh
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Seat Ain Sifni
 • Total Template:Infobox settlement/areadisp
Population (2003)WFP program estimation[1]
 • Total 90,590
Time zone AST (UTC+3)

The Shekhan District is a district in the Nineveh governorate of Iraq 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 place under military control.[2][3]

After 1991 the Kurds controlled the northern part of the district. And although unified after 2003 the northern part is still under direct control of the Kurdish Regional Government


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It is mainly populated by Assyrians and as one of two major population center of the Yazidis (some times catagorized as Kurdish).[4]


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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Basic information about Shekhan District" (PDF). Christian Aid Program in Iraq. Archived from the original (PDF) on April 25, 2012. Retrieved October 7, 2014. 
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  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.