With an estimated population of over 30 million, the Kurds are the largest stateless nation in the world. They are becoming increasingly important within regional and international geopolitics, particularly since the 2003 invasion of Iraq, the Arab Spring and the war in Syria.
This multidisciplinary Handbook provides a definitive overview of a range of themes within Kurdish studies. Topics covered include:
- Kurdish studies in the United States and Europe
- Early Kurdish history
- Kurdish culture, literature and cinema
- Economic dimensions
- Geography and travel
- Kurdish women
- The Kurdish situation in Turkey, Iraq, Syria and Iran
- The Kurdish diaspora.
With a wide range of contributions from many leading academic experts, this Handbook will be a vital resource for students and scholars of Kurdish studies and Middle Eastern studies.
Table of Contents
Introduction Michael M. Gunter Part I Kurdish studies 1. Kurdish studies in the United States Michael M. Gunter 2. Kurdish studies in Europe Vera Eccarius-Kelly Part II Early Kurdish history 3. The Kurdish emirates: Obstacles or precursors to Kurdish nationalism? Michael Eppel 4. An overview of Kurdistan of the 19th century Hamit Bozarslan 5. The development of the Kurdish national movement in Turkey from Mahmud II to Mustafa Kemal Ataturk Ahmet Serdar Akturk Part III Kurdish culture 6. Ehmede Xani’s Mem u Zin: The consecration of a Kurdish national epic Michiel Leezenberg 7. Classical and modern Kurdish literature Hashem Ahmadzadeh 8. Calibrating Kurmanji and Sorani: Proposal for a methodology Michael L. Chyet 9. Kurdish cinema Bahar Şimşek Part IV Economic dimensions 10. The oil imperative in the KRG David Romano 11. De-development in Eastern and Southeastern Anatolia Veli Yadirgi Part V Religion 12. Islam and the Kurds Mehmet Gurses 13. The inadequate Islamic grappling with the Kurdish issue Christopher Houston 14. The Jewish communities in Kurdistan within the tribal Kurdish society Mordechai Zaken 15. Yezidi baptism and rebaptism: Resilience, reintegration, and religious adaptation Tyler Fisher and Nahro Zagros Part VI Geography and travel 16. The geopolitics of the Kurds since World War I: Between Iraq and other hard places Michael B. Bishku 17. Roaming Iraqi Kurdistan Stafford Clarry Part VII Women 18. Kurdish women Anna Grabolle-Celiker Part VIII The Kurdish situation in Turkey 19. The rise of the pro-Kurdish democratic movement in Turkey Cengiz Gunes 20. The Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and Kurdish political parties in the 1970s Joost Jongerden and Ahmet Hamdi Akkaya 21. Turkey’s Kurdish complexes and its Syrian quagmire Bill Park Part IX The Kurdish situation in Iraq 22. The state we’re in: Postcolonial sequestration and the Kurdish quest for independence since the First World War Francis Owtram 23. The disputed territories of Northern Iraq: ISIS and beyond Liam Anderson 24. The continuing problem of KRG corruption Michael Rubin 25. The Russian historical and political approach towards nonconventional independence of Iraqi Kurdistan Kirill V. Vertyaev Part X The Kurdish situation in Syria 26. The Kurdish PYD and the Syrian Civil War Eva Savelsberg 27. The evolution of Kurdish struggle in Syria: Between Pan-Kurdism and Syrianization, 1920–2016 Jordi Tejel 28. The roots of democratic autonomy in Northern Syria—Rojava Michael Knapp Part XI Iran 29. Iran and the Kurds Nader Entessar Part XII The Kurdish diaspora 30. The future of the Kurdish diaspora Östen Wahlbeck 31. Diasporic conceptions of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq Barzoo Eliassi 32. The Kurds in Germany Vera Eccarius-Kelly 33. The Kurdish diaspora in the UK Desmond Fernandes
Michael M. Gunter is a Professor of Political Science at Tennessee Technological University and the Secretary-General of the EU Turkey Civic Commission (EUTCC), headquartered in Brussels. He is the author or editor of 15 scholarly books on the Kurdish and Armenian issues as well as over 100 peer-reviewed scholarly articles.