The Kurdish National Movement: Its Origins and Development

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Syracuse University Press, 2006 - History - 419 pages
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A seminal work in the field of Kurdish studies, Wadie Jwaidehʼs pioneering research, published for the first time, presents a detailed analysis of the early phases of Kurdish nationalism and offers a framework within which to understand the movementʼs later development. The thesis was never published during Jwaidehʼs lifetime, but its fame spread by word of mouth and many scholars have recognized its importance not only as a study of the earlier periods of Kurdish nationalism but also as a model of understanding its subsequent history. Jwaideh was born in the southern Iraqi city of Basra, into an Arabic-speaking Christian family that later moved to Baghdad. Because of his intimate knowledge of the land and its people, Jwaideh developed a shrewd insight into Kurdish society and politics. He convincingly demonstrates the rich historical roots of the Kurdish national movement, offering a new interpretation to the Kurdish political circumstance , which is often viewed as a series of isolated events triggered by economic upheaval or political dissatisfaction. This complex and layered history of the Kurdish nationalist movement offers a valuable perspective from which to view the current conditions in Iraq. Jwaidehʼs sensitive and prescient treatment of this region gives his study great contemporary relevance.
  

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Contents

Geographical Historical and Cultural Background
3
The Social Organization of the Kurds
27
The Suppression of the Semiautonomous Regimes
54
Shaykh Ubayd Allah of Nehri
75
The Impact of the Young Turk Revolution
102
Russias Kurdish Policy
115
The Situation of the Kurds in Turkey Persia and Syria
133
Disturbances in the Mosul and Arbil Divisions of Iraqi Kurdistan
147
Shaykh Mahmud and the Rise and Fall of
160
Shaykh Mahmuds Second Rebellion
185
The Kurdish Rebellions in Turkey
203
The Barzani Rebellion of 19311932
219
The Barzani Rebellion of Mulla Mustafa 19431945
230
The Kurdish Republic of Mahabad
243
The Kurds and the Kurdish Question after
267
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About the author (2006)

Wadie Jwaideh, the late professor emeritus, founded the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Literatures at Indiana University.

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