1st Edition

The Kurdish Question and Turkey An Example of a Trans-state Ethnic Conflict

By Kemal Kirisci, Gareth M. Winrow Copyright 1997
    254 Pages
    by Routledge

    254 Pages
    by Routledge

    This volume examines the Kurdish question in Turkey, tracing its developments from the end of the Ottoman Empire to the present day. The study considers: secession; federal schemes; various forms of autonomy; the provision of special rights; and further democratization.

    Kirisci and Winrows courageous and timely account is unquestionably the single most important study to date on the intricacies and difficulties of Turkey"s Kurdish question." Henri J. Barkey, Lehigh University, Middle East Quarterly

    "a strong contribution to the field, essential for study by any serious student of Kurdish affairs and contemporary Turkish studies"

    The Turkish Studies Association Bulletin

    "Kirisci and Winrow"s book should be purchased by all university, college, and large urban libraries." Choice

    "....impressive scholarship, balance and thoroughness....This book comes as a welcome relief amidst the clamour of accusation and counter-accusation in a thoroughly documented and impartial manner, drawing on Turkish and other media reports, interviews and the scholarly literature on minorieties in general, the writers give a remarkably comprehensive account of the course of the struggle, especially since the 1980"s.....essential reading for anyone trying to get to grips with the kurdish problem, both in Turkey and neighbouring countries."

    William Hale, Middle Eastern Studies

    "Provides a very useful theoretical and historical background as well as an analysis of the current state of affairs." Ishan D Dagi, Middle East Technical University, Turkey - Millennium Journal of International Studies

    Amazon Bookshop - reader review

    "If you are curious about this subject and want to discuss the realistic solutions to the Kurdish problem, and need a brief source of information, I strongly recommend this book to you."

    Studies in Conflict - Reviewed by Philip Robins - St Anthony"s College - Uni of Oxford

    "As both a provocative nudge, gently administered, to the rulers of Turkey and as a valuable addition to university reading lists, this book has a contribution to make."

    Source Unknown - reviewed by Michael Gunter - Department of Political Science Tennessee Technological Uni - Cookeville

    "This is a scholarly, well-balanced, and conceptually sound analysis of the Kurdish question in Turkey, written by a Turkish national and his English colleague at the university of the Bosporus in Istanbul."

    "..the appearance of this objective attempt to grapple with the situation is encouraging.."

    "In the context of a debilitating official Turkish political correctness, this is not only an accurate but a courageous assessment of the party that has led a bloody insurgency in Turkey since 1984."

    Middle East Journal - Reveiwed by Robert Olson - Prof. of Middle East and Islamic History

    The Jerusalem Post-" Kemal Kirisci and Gareth Winrow have written an engaging, analytical account of a serious regional problem- ethnic conflict across state boundaries"

    British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, Vol. 26, No. 2, 1999

    "Although this study offers both a sophisticated theoretical framework and a fairly comprehensive overview of the development of Turkish-Kurdish relations, it is particularly interesting as an indication of a developing discourse on the Kurds in Turkish academic circles. In this context it is a welcome addition to the scanty materials produced in Turkey on the Kurdish question."

    International History Review, Vol 20, No 3, Sept 98

    "A pioneering history of the effects of the Kurdish question on Turkey."

    New Renaissance, Vol 9, No 1 AND International Journal on World Peace, Vol 16, No 1, March 1999 (Same review appeared in both journals)

    "As the authors of this important study indicate, the Kurdish question in Turkey is a highly complex, controversial and extremely politically sensitive issue... Both Kirisci and Winrow teach political science at Bogazici University in Istanbul and so are close observers of the Turkish political scene.


    Kemal Kirisci, Gareth M. Winrow