Kurdish History

International Relations / April 23, 2015 / No Comments /
This paper looks at the history of the Kurdish people, providing ethnographic information on their origins and their present condition.

This paper explores the ways in which a heterogeneous group of people come over time, because of historical events as well as some shared characteristics, to see themselves as belonging to a group. The idea of self-determination is very much based on an idea that the group identity is more important than individual differences, and by examining the history of the Kurds we come to have a sense of how cultural differences can be forged into a single social and nationalistic identity.

Table of contents
Origins of Kurds
Birth of Kurdish Nationalism
Political History to 1946
The Mahabad Republic
Recent History
“Many Americans may have only a vague idea of where Kurdistan is, which might reflect only a vague geographical sense of a people far away from the United States. But it also must reflect the fact that Kurdistan as a region and the Kurds as a people are ambiguous in many ways. Although they are looked at from the outside as a single people and have considered themselves to be one people at least in some ways for centuries, they are a very diverse group, internally divided by religion, language and social structure.Such divisions have prevented the Kurds from having a sense of themselves as a unified people, an internal divisiveness that has been exacerbated by the fact the Kurds live under a number of different national governments, including those of Iran, Iraq and Turkey.”

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