Studies in Kurdish History: Empire, Ethnicity and Identity

1st Edition

Djene Rhys Bajalan, Sara Zandi Karimi

Routledge
Published May 24, 2017
Reference - 180 Pages
ISBN 9781138061644 - CAT# Y331741

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Summary

Recent events in the Middle East have propelled the once marginalized Kurdish community to the centre of regional and, indeed, world affairs. The growing significance of the Kurds in the politics of the Middle East has led to greater interest amongst both academics and policy makers regarding the community’s culture, politics and history. This current volume seeks to address this growing interest by presenting a selection of articles from leading experts on the history of the Kurds. These articles scrutinize a variety of subjects which provide important context to today’s Kurdish question. It includes contributions which contextualize the evolution of a distinctive Kurdish identity and culture. Furthermore, it includes works which seek to examine the impact of the gradual transformation of state power in the Middle East – more precisely the breakdown of imperial orders and the concurrent emergence of the modern nation-state – on the relationship between the Kurds and the central governments under which they lived during the nineteenth and early twentieth century. In doing so, this volume will be of interest to all those wishing to gain a deeper historical understanding of present day Kurdish affairs.

This book was published as a special issue of Iranian Studies.

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