Historical Dictionary of the Kurds (Google eBook)
Straddling the mountainous borders where Turkey, Iran, Iraq, and Syria converge in the Middle East, the 25-30 million Kurds living there constitute the largest nation in the world without its own independent state. In recent years the Kurdish problem has become increasingly important in Middle Eastern and even international politics for two fundamental reasons. First, the wars against Saddam Hussein in 1991 and 2003 resulted in the creation of a virtually independent Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in a federal Iraq. This KRG has inspired the Kurds elsewhere to seek cultural, social, and even political autonomy, if not independence. Second, Turkey's application for admission into the European Union (EU) also has brought the Kurdish issue to the attention of Europe. The second edition of Historical Dictionary of the Kurds greatly expands on the first edition through an updated chronology, an introductory essay, an expanded bibliography, maps, photos, and over 400 cross-referenced dictionary entries on significant persons, places, events, institutions, and aspects of culture, society, economy, and politics. This book is an excellent access point for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about the history of the Kurds.
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Historical Dictionary of the KurdsUser Review - Savannah Schroll Guz - Book Verdict
For this update of the 2003 edition, Gunter (Kurds Ascending) has reconsidered each entry and expanded the book's relaxed and edifying historical narrative to encompass recent events. Multiparagraph ... Read full review
Abdul Abdullah Ocalan Ahmed Alevis Arab Baghdad became century conﬂict Culture Democratic Party KDP Diyarbakir elections established ethnic Kurds exile ﬁrst Human Rights Project inﬂuence Iran Iraq Iraqi government Iraqi Kurdish Iraqi Kurdistan Iraqi Kurds Irbil Islamic Jalal Talabani Journal of Kurdish KDPI Kemal Khan Kirkuk Komala Kurdish Human Rights Kurdish issue Kurdish language Kurdish leader Kurdish national Kurdish nationalist Kurdish party Kurdish problem Kurdish Question Kurdish Studies Kurdistan Democratic Party Kurdistan PUK Kurdistan Regional Government Kurdistan Workers Party Kurds in Turkey March Massoud Barzani Middle East military modern Muhammad Mulla Mustafa Barzani Muslim Mustafa Barzani Naqshbandi northern Iraq ofﬁcial organization parliament Partisi party’s Patriotic Union percent Persian PJAK political president prime minister province Qadiri Regional Government KRG religious role Saddam Hussein Shah Sheikh Shiite Sulaymaniya Syria tion tribal Turkey’s Turkish Turkomans Turks Union of Kurdistan United Workers Party PKK Yezidis