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Into Kurdistan: frontiers under fire

Auteur : Sheri Laizer
Éditeur : Zed Books Date & Lieu : 1991, London
Préface : Helga Graham | Peter Gabriel Pages : 150
Traduction : ISBN : 0-86232-899-3
Langue : AnglaisFormat : 135x215 mm
Code FIKP : Liv. Ang.Thème : Politique

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Into Kurdistan: frontiers under fire

Into Kurdistan: frontiers under fire


It is extraordinary that there has been so little media coverage of the atrocities committed against the Kurdish people. I was shocked to learn about the scale of the genocide, the extent of the use of chemical weapons and the apparent lack of international outrage.

I knew very little about the Kurds and am pleased to have been given such an excellent introduction to this remarkable people and their music.

We follow Sheri Laizer's journey into a culture very different from her own - a journey through friendships, acceptance and marriage, from the outside to the inside.

Her book provides an insight into the Kurdish way of life, especially through the songs, which are at the heart of their culture and their political struggle. It is impossible not to be moved by this extraordinary account of a proud, passionate and resilient people.

Peter Gabriel

Table des Matières


List of abbreviations / vii
Foreword by Peter Gabriel / ix

Introduction: The Kurds, Cinderella of liberation movements by Helga Graham / 1

Part 1 / 5
1. Turkish Kurdistan: Feudal provinces and prohibition zones / 7
2. Headlines: Brigands, troubadours and the secret police / 15
3. Tales of the djinn and the dangers of the Evil Eye / 18
4. The south-east road to Kurdistan: Rituals of state / 23
5. ‘Yol’: The way / 28
6. Village rhythms and women's work / 34
7. Fidelity, honour and death: The cross of Kurdish women / 43
8. Kars: A citadel at the crossroads / 51
9. City life among the Kurds / 60

Part 2 / 75
10. Beyond the tribe: Developing new relationships / 77
11. Peace and stability? / 88
12. Update: Formidable constraints on the Kurds / 112

Appendices / 129
Select bibliography / 143
Index / 147

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