The political environment of Iraq in the period from 2011-2014 experienced a great degree of turbulence. Many Sunni tribes in the Anbar, Ramadi and Salahadin regions organized a daily protest against the central government, accusing it of being sectarian. Gradually, these protests become more popular, and the Baghdad government became fearful that it would spread into the other regions of Iraq. In order to control the protests, the government used force, and many were killed.
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You might reach out to Aaron Hughes and Emil Homerin at the University of Rochester. Dr. Hughes is an expert on Abrahamic religions, while Dr. Homerin has written about Muslim saints.
For the question of Aliza Marcus, regarding the grave of Nahum the Prophet in Iraqi Kurdistan, in the village of al-Kosh.
Here are several discussions on this site (unfortunately they are mostly in Hebrew):
1. Israe͏el Joseph Benjamin, who was a Romanian-Jewish traveler. His pen name was "Benjamin II". He wrote on his visit to al-Kosh in his book "Sefer Masei Israel", pp. 26-27.
2. Prof. Simcha Assaf wrote an interesting description of this grave in al-kosh in his book "BeOhalei Yaakov: Perakim meHayei haTarbut shel haYehidim Biyemei haBeinayom", pp. 124-126.
אברהם בן יעקב, קברים קדושים בבבל, ירושלים, הוצאת מוסד הרב קוק, תשל"ד, 1973, עמ' 109-122
I'm a writer working on a project on the grave of Nahum the Prophet in Iraqi Kurdistan, in the village of al-Kosh. The grave was a popular pilgrimage site during Shavuot for Iraqi Kurdish Jews. I'm looking for any papers or opportunities to speak to people about the religious/historical significance of Nahum, the grave of Nahum and/or the religious rituals of Kurdish Jews in Iraq.
As part of the ERC-funded project, “Embedding Conquest, Naturalising Muslim Rule (600-1000)”, at Leiden University, this conference aims to bring together both senior and junior scholars to present research which illuminates the structures and mechanisms that allowed the early Islamic empire to function.