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Women of A Non-State Nation Kurds

Éditeur : Mazda Date & Lieu : 2001, California
Préface : Robert Olson | Shahrzad Mojab Pages : 266
Traduction : ISBN :
Langue : AnglaisFormat : 150x225 mm
Code FIKP : Liv. Ang. 2937Thème : Sociologie

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Women of A Non-State Nation Kurds

Women of A Non-State Nation Kurds
Edited by Shahrzad Mojab

Western observers and Kurdish nationalists have ro¬manticized the women of Kurdistan by claiming that hey enjoy more freedom than their Arab, Persian and Turkish sisters. Kurdish women are, in these nar¬ratives, mostly unveiled; they freely associate with men in work, dance, and war, and songe appear as rulers of tribes and territories. This book challenges such daims to the uniqueness of the status of Kurdish women by offering a complex picture of their oppression and resistance.
The Kurds are the fourth largest "ethnie people" of the Middle East, outnum-bered only by Arabs, Persians and Turks. In the wake of World War I, they were forcibly divided among the neighboring states of Iraq, Syria, Turkey and Iran. Known as the world's largest non-state nation, Kurds are also dispersed in diasporic communities throughout Asia, Europe and North America.

By the turn of the century, Kurdish women had entered male-dom inated do- mains such as parliaments (Iraq, Turkey, Europe), guerrilla armies (Iran and Tur¬key), higher education, mass media, arts, sciences, administration. and law. They were, at the same time, subjected to extensive violence by both the nation-states that rule over them and the patriarchal regime of their own non-state nation.

Resisting the national chauvinism of the ruling nations as well as the male chauvinism of their own nation. Kurdish women's movements are sites of conflict and coexistence between national ism and feminism, declining feudalism-tribalism and emerging capitalism, and national and class struggles.

Kurdish women are usually ignored in women's studies both in the Middle East and the West. There is a serious dearth of research and resources in English and other languages. The contributors to this volume, the first anthology of its kind. examine aspects of Kurdish women's lives in politics, history, culture, religion, medicine, and language. Songe of the topics covered here have never appeared in previous studies: gender and self-determination, women and Sufism, language and patriarchy, and women in traditional medicine.

This volume will be useful for the general readership interested in the study of Kurdish women as well as students of women's studies, feminist theory, Middle Eastern studies, gender and language, nationalism, theories of state, women's rights, and gender and culture.


Women of A Non-State Nation Kurds
Kurdish Studies Series
No. 3

Editorial Board Robert Olson,
General Editor University of Kentucky

Shahrzad Mojab
University of Toronto

Amir Hassanpour
University of Toronto
The Kurds
Edited by
Shahrzad Mojab

Mazda Publishers,Inc.
Funding for the publication of this volume was provided by
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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Women of a Non-State Nation: the Kurds/ edited by Shahrzad Mojab.—(Kurdish Studies Series; No. 3)

Includes bibliographical references.


(pbk.: alk. paper)
1. Women, Kurdish. I. Mojab, Shahrzad. II. Series.
HQ 1726.5. W685 2001

The painting on the front cover is the first in the series "Dance Passages"
by Dara Aram, Kurdish painter in Toronto, Canada.


Rohat Alakom
studied journalism at Istanbul University and psychology at the Faculty of Education of Ankara University. He has been living in Stockholm since 1983. Alakom has published several books and numerous articles in Kurdish, Swedish and Turkish on Kurdish women, including Li Kurdistanê Hêzeke Nûh Jinên Kurd (Kurdish Women: A New Power, 1995), Spånga Sweden, Apec.

Christine Allison is a British Academy postdoctoral research fellow in the Near and Middle East Department at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. She has co-edited, with Philip G. Kreyenbroek, Kurdish Culture and Identity (Zed Books, London 1996) and lier forthcoming book is The Yezidi Oral Tradition in Iraqi Kurdistan (Curzon Books, London).

Annabelle Böttcher has lier Ph.D. in Political Science, Islamic Studies and International Law from Freiburg University (Germany). Between 1995 and 97 she was the Research Officer at the Institut Francais d'Etudes Arabes de Damas in Damascus (Syria). In 1997-98, and later in 1999-2000, she was fellow at the Center for Middle East Studies, Harvard University. Dr. Böttcher was also Research Associate at the Orient Institute in Beirut (Lebanon) in 1998-1999.

Martin van Bruinessen teaches in the Department of Oriental Languages and Cultures at Utrecht University. Professor van Bruinessen is also the chair of the International Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World at Utrecht University. He is the author of Agha, Shaikh and State: The Social and Political Structures of Kurdistan (London: Zed Books, 1992) and many articles about the Kurds. His ongoing research includes: ethnicity and nationalism in Turkey and Kurdistan; Alevism as religion and ethnic identity; Kurdish ulama, Sufi orders and heterodox religious communities; Evliya Celebi and other 17th-century authors on the Kurds.

Mirella Galletti studied Political Science at the University of Bologna. Dr. Galletti was visiting professor on Kurdish history and culture at the University of Bologna (1990-1991) and the University of Trieste (1996¬1997). She is the author of several books and articles on Kurdish history, politics and culture, including I Curdi Nella Storia (1990), Chieti, Italy, Vecchio Faggio.
Amir Hassanpour teaches at the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, the University of Toronto, Canada. His research interests include media studies, language, history and culture. He is author of Nationalism and Language in Kurdistan, 1918-1985 (1992), San Francisco, Mellen Research University Press.

Janet Klein is a Ph.D. candidate studying Ottoman and Kurdish history at the Department of Near Eastern Studies in Princeton University. She has been awarded a Fulbright-Hayes fellowship for dissertation research overseas. She has written on uses of Kurdish proverbs in nationalist discourse in the early 20th century in the International Journal of Kurdish Studies (Summer 2000).

Susan McDonald is a lawyer who lias worked in the area of international law and human rights. She has recently completed her Ph.D. in Education from the University of Toronto in which she used feminist participatory research to explore the role of education in the delivery of legal services for immigrant women.

Shahrzad Mojab teaches at the Department of Adult Education, Community Development, and Counselling Psychology, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. Her research and teaching interests include education, women, globalization, citizenship, war, violence and women's learning, and state and civil society. She is the author of several articles on Kurdish women. She is co-editor of and contributor in Of Property and Propriety: The Role of Gender and Class in Imperialism and Nationalism (2001, University of Toronto Press).

Maria O'Shea is a Research Associate of the Geopolitics Research Centre at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London. Her Ph.D. dissertation is Maps, Myths and Reality: Geography and Perceptions of Kurdistan. Dr. O'Shea is the author of numerous publications on the Middle East, especially the countries and peoples of the northern tier states of the region. She also writes children's books on the region.

Heidi Wedel earned her Ph.D. in 1998 from the Political Science Faculty of Free University, Berlin. Her dissertation, Gender and Local Politics: The Case of Migrants in Turkish Metropolises, was published in German in 1999. Dr. Wedel has published several articles on social movements, democratization, and Kurdish question from a gender perspective. She is currently the researcher on Turkey, Greece and Cyprus at the International Secretariat of Amnesty International in London.

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