A thousand sighs, a thousand revolts: journeys in Kurdistan
Though the Kurds played a major military and tactical role in the United States’ recent war with Iraq, most of us know little about this fiercely independent, long-marginalized people. Now acclaimed journalist Christiane Bird, who riveted readers with her tour of Islamic Iran in Neither East Nor West, travels through this volatile part of the world to tell the Kurds’ story, using personal observations and in-depth research to illuminate an astonishing history and vibrant culture.
For the twenty-five to thirty million Kurds, Kurdistan is both an actual and a mythical place: an isolated, largely mountainous homeland that has historically offered sanctuary from the treacherous outside world and yet does not exist on modern maps. Parceled out among the four nation-states of Iraq, Turkey, Syria, and Iran after World War I, Kurdistan is a divided land with a tragic history, where the indomitable Kurds both celebrate their ancient culture and fight to control their own destiny. Occupying some of the Middle East’s most strategic and richest terrain, the Kurds are the fourth-largest ethnic group in the region and the largest ethnic group in the world without a state to call their own.
Whether dancing at a Kurdish wedding in Iran, bearing witness to the destroyed Kurdish countryside in southeast Turkey, having lunch with a powerful exiled agha in Syria, or visiting the sites of Saddam Hussein’s horrific chemical attacks in Iraq, the intrepid, insightful Bird sheds light on a violently stunning world seen by few Westerners. Part mesmerizing travelogue, part action-packed history, part reportage, and part cultural study, this critical book offers timely insight into an unknown but increasingly influential part of the world. Bird paints a moving and unforgettable portrait of a people uneasily poised between a stubborn past and an impatient future.
57 pages matching talk in this book
Results 1-3 of 57
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Through the Back Door
The Little Engine That Could
19 other sections not shown
Other editions - View all
A Thousand Sighs, A Thousand Revolts: Journeys in Kurdistan
No preview available - 2007
Agha Ahl-e Haqq Alevis Amadiya Amin Anfal Arab Arjin arrested arrived asked Assyrian attacks Baath Party Baath regime Baathists Baghdad Barzani Bayan bombed border Celil culture dark DEHAP Diyarbakir Dohuk dressed English entered Erbil father forces friends guards Halabja Hawraman head honor killings Human Rights hundred Iran Iranian Kurds Iraq Iraqi government Iraqi Kurdistan Iraqi Kurds Islamic Kamerin Beg Khairy Kurdish language Kurdish women later leader lived Mahabad Majed married mountains Mulla Mustafa Muslim Nations Nesreen northern Iraq Ocalan once Ottoman party Persian peshmerga political refugees region road Saddam Hussein Saleh Sanandaj Shaikh shal u shapik Shawkat Shiite Sirwan spoke story streets Suleimaniyah Syria talk thousand told took town traditional Kurdish traveled tribal tribes turban Turkey Turkey's Turkish Turks United Urumieh valley village wanted woman Yezidi young Yousif Zakho Zerrin