In the aftermath of the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, the Kurds were promised their own state. However, several factors meant that this dream never became a reality, and the land of the Kurds was divided. Amid a sense of a loss of identity, the Kurds started to fight for their social and political rights.
‘Kurdish Politics in Turkey’ argues that the Kurdish struggle has largely been a failure, and that the emergence of the Unions of Communities in Kurdistan (KCK) has been a direct result of this. The book examines the success of the KCK and how it has transformed this Kurdish struggle in Turkey from a one-dimensional political movement, to a multi-dimensional social movement.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction 2. Historical Background of Kurdish Nationalism 3. Down to Turkey: Overview of the PKK and the KCK 4. The KCK: The Beginnings of the Transformation 5. The KCK: Democratic Autonomy and the Road Map, the Projects of the Transformation 6. The KCK: The Outcomes of the Transformation Conclusion
Seevan Saeed is a lecturer in the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter, United Kingdom