Trapped Between the Map and Reality

Geography and Perceptions of Kurdistan

By Maria Theresa O'Shea

© 2004 – Routledge

280 pages

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About the Book

Kurdistan exists as a cultural and political concept on many levels of discourse. Despite Kurdistan's divisions, lack of definition and the absence of a unified struggle for a Kurdish state, the concept survives the reality as a powerful mixture of myths, reality and ambition. This thesis analyses geographical and historical factors, which have shaped Kurdish conceptions of their identity. Historically, Kurdistan existed in the heart of an ethnically and geographically complex region, a marginal buffer zone between rival regional and colonial powers. Kurdistan's location was the key to its political and cultural developments. Many resultant features were to militate against the formation of a Kurdish state.

Table of Contents


List of Maps

Notes of Transliteration, Spellings and Names


List of Abbreviations


1. Introduction

2. Theoretical Fields

3. Geosophy, Geopiety, and Topophilia

4. Nostalgia, Myths and Landscape

5. The Map as Discourse

6. Historical Geography

7. Methodology

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Middle East Studies: History, Politics & Law

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