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Essays on the origins of Kurdish nationalism

Éditeur : Mazda Date & Lieu : 2003, California
Préface : Robert Olson Pages : 234
Traduction : ISBN : 1-56859-142-X
Langue : AnglaisFormat : 150x225 mm
Code FIKP : Liv. Ang. 2849Thème : Politique

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Essays on the origins of Kurdish nationalism

Essays on the origins of Kurdish nationalism

Of the major nationalist movements which have shaped the modern Middle East, Kurdish nationalism alone has failed to establish a national state. Alongside the Palestinians and until recently the Armenians, the Kurds have remained a stateless nation. But while there exists an extensive literature on the genesis and development of other Middle Eastern nationalisms—Turkish, Arab and in particular Palestinian—historical and theoretical debate on the origins and structure of Kurdish nationalism has been notably scanty.

This collection initiates, such a debate, investigating the origins of Kurdish nationalism from a range of historical and theoretical perspectives, and exploring its implications for the present. Its aim is to analyze arguments about the origins of Kurdish nationalism not only as competing historical accounts, but also, and more crucially, as strategic debates about the identity and legitimacy of the Kurdish nation.


I am delighted as Mazda publishers’ Kurdish studies series editor to offer readers Essays on the origins of Kurdish nationalism as our fourth book in the series. The contributions are the most theoretically innovative, conceptually insightful, and historiographically comprehensive essays of the foremost scholars presently working in the fields of Kurdish nationalism, Middle Eastern nationalisms and of nationalism itself. These essays are much more than just "pioneering" as Abbas Vali, the editor of the volume, modestly states. They are thoughtful works written by scholars who have researched, deliberated, and argued their respective positions for a long time. Readers will be deliciously injected into the primordialist, ethnicist, coherentist, constructivist-modernist, and historical materialist arguments regarding the origins and evolution of Kurdish nationalism and, by extension, of other nationalisms. The editor and contributors make clear that their topic and cutting-edge scholarship is an on-going debate.

The essays in this volume are, indeed, pioneering. They provide not only original theoretical constructs and innovative methodological inquires regarding the origins, evolution and condition of Kurdish nationalism, but in doing so contribute to the study of nationalism in general. These essays are also pioneering in that for the first time studies focused on Kurdish nationalism provide constructs, inquiries, and insights that should, and in my view will, prove influential in scholars' studies of other nationalisms, especially Arab, Turkish, Persian, Armenian, but also European, Asian, and African nationalisms.

These essays firmly anchor the study of Kurdish nationalism in the current and most persuasive historiography of the study of nationalisms. From now on, the study of "other" nationalisms will be influenced by the studies offered in this volume. This is an "about turn" that many of us in Kurdish studies have awaited for some time. Bravo! Abbas, Amir, Hamit, Martin and Nelida. Our hats are off to you!

Robert Olson 

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