The Kurds : nation building in a fragmented homeland

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Full title: The Kurds : nation building in a fragmented homeland / edited by Ofra Bengio.
Alternative titles: Kurdish Awakening: Nation Building in a Fragmented Homeland
Other authors: Bengio, Ofra.
Format: Book           
Edition: First edition.


Summary: Kurdish Awakening examines key questions related to Kurdish nationalism and identity formation in Syria, Iraq, Iran, and Turkey. The world's largest stateless ethnic group, Kurds have steadily grown in importance as a political power in the Middle East, particularly in light of the "Arab Spring." As a result, Kurdish issues—political, cultural, and historical alike—have emerged as the subject of intense scholarly interest. This book provides fresh ways of understanding the historical and sociopolitical underpinnings of the ongoing Kurdish awakening and its already significant impact on the region. Rather than focusing on one state or angle, this anthology fills a gap in the literature on the Kurds by providing a panoramic view of the Kurdish homeland's various parts. The volume focuses on aspects of Kurdish nationalism and identity formation not addressed elsewhere, including perspectives on literature, gender, and constitution making. Further, broad thematic essays include a discussion of the historical experiences of the Kurds from the time of their Islamization more than a millennium ago up until the modern era, a comparison of the Kurdish experience with other ethno-national movements, and a treatment of the role of tribalism in modern nation building. This collection is unique in its use of original sources in various languages. The result is an analytically rich portrayal that sheds light on the Kurds' prospects and the challenges they confront in a region undergoing sweeping upheavals.
Other authors: Bengio, Ofra.
Language: English
Published: Austin : University of Texas Press, 2014
Classmark: NU956.67 /512559
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Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN: 9780292758131 (cloth : alk. paper)
0292758138 (cloth : alk. paper)