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Agha, Shaikh and State

Éditeur : Zed Books Date & Lieu : 1992, London
Préface : Pages : 374
Traduction : ISBN : 1-85649-018-1
Langue : AnglaisFormat : 135x215 mm
Code FIKP : Liv. En.Thème : Général

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Agha, Shaikh and State


Agha, Shaikh and State: The Social and Political Structures of Kurdistan

Exacerbated by the Gulf War, the plight of the Kurds is one of the most urgent problems facing the international community. This authoritative study of the Kurdish people provides a deep and varied insight into one of the largest primarily tribal communities in the world.

It covers the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, the great Kurdish revolt against republican Turkey, the birth of Kurdish nationalism and the situation of the Kurdish people in Iraq, Turkey and Iran today.

Van Bruinessen's work is already recognized as a key contribution to this subject. Tribe by tribe, he accounts for the evolution of power within Kurdish religious and other lineages, and shows how relations with the state have played a key constitutive role in the development of tribal structures. This is illustrated from contemporary Kurdish life, highlighting the complex interplay between traditional clan loyalties and their modern national equivalents.

This book is essential to any Middle East collection, It has serious implications for the study of tribal life elsewhere, and it documents the history of what has until recently been a forgotten people.

Dr Martin van Bruinessen is a distinguished social anthropologist and a Fellow of the Kurdish Institute in Paris.


Martin Van Bruinessen

Agha, Shaikh and State
The Social and Political Structures of Kurdistan

Zed Books Ltd

London and New Jersey
Agha, Shaikh and State was first published by Zed Books Ltd,
57 Caledonian Road, London NI 9BU, UK, and 165 First Avenue,
Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey 07716, USA, in 1992.

Copyright © Martin Van Bruinessen, 1992.

Cover designed by Andrew Corbett.
Typeset by Derek Doyle & Associates, Mold, Clwyd.
Printed and bound in the United Kingdom
by Biddies Ltd, Guildford and King's Lynn.

All rights reserved.

A catalogue record for this book is available from the British Library
US CIP data for this book is
available from the Library of Congress

ISBN 1 85649 018 1 Hb ISBN 1 85649 019 X Pb

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