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              The Kurds and the Politics of Turkey: Agency, Territory and Religion
               

              The Kurds and the Politics of Turkey: Agency, Territory and Religion (Hardback)

              By Cifci, Deniz

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              The Kurds constitute the largest stateless nation in the world. Their position in Turkey attracts attention both within the country and internationally, particularly focusing on the demand for Kurdish independence. Yet since the 1990s, new Kurdish parties have formed within Turke...y who have a variety of ideologies and demands that go beyond, and differ in opinion on, the question of independence. Much of the present literature on the topic seems to look at the Kurds of Turkey as a homogenous group with unified political demands, which over-simplifies their position within the political backdrop of Turkey. This book seeks to provide nuance and depth to the current debate on Kurdish political agency and presence in Turkey. Presently, the Kurds' political demands can be classified into four categories; democratic autonomy, their cultural rights to be granted, federalism (territorial autonomies) and independence (creation of a Kurdish nation-state). In a broad sense, these models can also be ordered into two categories; territorial political models (federalism and independence) and non-territorial political models (democratic autonomy and cultural rights). Considering the diversity within the Kurdish community - intertwinement of tribal, ethnic and national identity - and differences in their language, religion and ideology, there are several contributing factors for the emergence of the current varied political demands of Kurds. By explaining variation among the Kurds' political demands through close analysis of existing at emerging parties, this study challenges a deterministic approach to the Kurds which currently dominates the discourse.
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              ISBN 9781784539955
              Released NZ 13 Jun 2019
              Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
              Interest Age 19+ years
              Series Kurdish Studies
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              The Kurds of Northern Syria: Governance, Diversity and Conflicts
               

              The Kurds of Northern Syria: Governance, Diversity and Conflicts (Hardback)

              By Allsopp, Harriet; Wilgenburg, Wladimir van

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              Based on unprecedented access to Kurdish-governed areas of Syria, including exclusive interviews with administration officials and civilian surveys, this book sheds light on the socio-political landscape of this minority group and the various political factions vying to speak for... them. The first English-language book to capture the momentous transformations that have occurred since 2011, the authors move beyond idealized images of Rojava and the Kurdish PYD (Democratic Union Party) to provide a nuanced assessment of the Kurdish autonomous experience and the prospects for self-rule in Syria. The book draws on unparalleled field research, as well as analysis of the literature on the evolution of Kurdish politics and the Syrian war. You will understand why the PYD-led project in Syria split the Kurdish political movement and how other representative structures amongst Syria's Kurds fared. Emerging clearly are the complex range of views about pre-existing, current and future governance structures.
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              ISBN 9781788314831
              Released NZ 16 May 2019
              Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
              Interest Age 19+ years
              Series Kurdish Studies
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              The Kurds in a Changing Middle East: History, Politics and Representation
               

              The Kurds in a Changing Middle East: History, Politics and Representation (Hardback)

              Edited by Jabar, Faleh A.; Mansour, Renad

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              The Kurds are one of the largest stateless nations in the world, numbering more than 20 million people. Their homeland lies mostly within the present-day borders of Turkey, Iraq and Iran as well as parts of Syria, Armenia and Azerbaijan. Yet until recently the `Kurdish question' ...- that is, the question of Kurdish self-determination - seemed, to many observers, dormant. It was only after the so-called Arab Spring, and with the rise of the Islamic State, that they emerged at the centre of Middle East politics. But what is the future of the Kurdish national movement? How do the Kurds themselves understand their community and quest for political representation? This book analyses the major problems, challenges and opportunities currently facing the Kurds. Of particular significance, this book shows, is the new Kurdish society that is evolving in the context of a transforming Middle East. This is made of diverse communities from across the region who represent very different historical, linguistic, political, social and cultural backgrounds that are yet to be understood. This book examines the recent shifts and changes within Kurdish societies and their host countries, and argues that the Kurdish national movement requires institutional and constitutional recognition of pluralism and diversity. Featuring contributions from world-leading experts on Kurdish politics, this timely book combines empirical case studies with cutting-edge theory to shed new light on the Kurds of the 21st century.
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              ISBN 9781784539917
              Released NZ 10 Jan 2019
              Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
              Interest Age 19+ years
              Series Kurdish Studies
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              Kurdish Nationalism on Stage: Performance, Politics and Resistance in Iraq
               

              Kurdish Nationalism on Stage: Performance, Politics and Resistance in Iraq (Hardback)

              By Rostami, Mari R.

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              Since its emergence in the 1920s, Iraqi-Kurdish theatre was used as a tool of national identity building and modernisation. It promoted literacy, education and women's rights and became one of the most visible forms of Kurdish cultural nationalism by exploring folklore, myths, le...gends and local history and by celebrating heroes of the past. As time went on, by staging anti-feudalist and anti-monarchist plays, theatre became engaged in representing and legitimising the wider political movement in Iraq that ultimately led to the overthrow of the monarchy in 1958. Between 1975-1991, even under strict censorship during the Baath rule, Kurdish theatre continued to promote Kurdish nationalism and resistance through the use of Kurdish folk culture and literature. This book is based on dramatic texts from the period, interviews with Kurdish theatre artists, Kurdish theatre histories, historical documents, and journalistic accounts. It illustrates the ways in which theatre participated in the Kurdish national struggle and how it responded to political changes in different historical periods. It is the first book dedicated to Kurdish theatre and complements the latest research that examines theatre in its wider socio-political context.
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              ISBN 9781788314008
              Released NZ 27 Jun 2019
              Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
              Interest Age 19+ years
              Series Kurdish Studies
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              The Kurds of Northern Syria: Governance, Diversity and Conflicts

              The Kurds of Northern Syria: Governance, Diversity and Conflicts (Paperback)

              By Allsopp, Harriet; Wilgenburg, Wladimir van

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              Based on unprecedented access to Kurdish-governed areas of Syria, including exclusive interviews with administration officials and civilian surveys, this book sheds light on the socio-political landscape of this minority group and the various political factions vying to speak for... them. The first English-language book to capture the momentous transformations that have occurred since 2011, the authors move beyond idealized images of Rojava and the Kurdish PYD (Democratic Union Party) to provide a nuanced assessment of the Kurdish autonomous experience and the prospects for self-rule in Syria. The book draws on unparalleled field research, as well as analysis of the literature on the evolution of Kurdish politics and the Syrian war. You will understand why the PYD-led project in Syria split the Kurdish political movement and how other representative structures amongst Syria's Kurds fared. Emerging clearly are the complex range of views about pre-existing, current and future governance structures.
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              ISBN 9781838604455
              Released NZ 11 Jul 2019
              Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
              Interest Age 19+ years
              Series Kurdish Studies
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              The Political Representation of Kurds in Turkey: New Actors and Modes of Participation in a Changing Society
                

              The Political Representation of Kurds in Turkey: New Actors and Modes of Participation in a Changing Society (Hardback)

              By Gunes, Cengiz

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                23 Jul 20

              Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, Turkey relentlessly persecuted any form of Kurdish dissent. This led to the radicalisation of an increasing number of Kurds, the rise of the Kurdish national movement and the PKK's insurgency against Turkey. Political activism by the Kurds or aroun...d Kurdish-related political demands continues to be viewed with deep suspicions by Turkey's political establishment and severely restricted. Despite this, the pro-Kurdish democratic movement has emerged, providing Kurds with a channel to represent themselves and articulate their demands. This book is timely contribution to the debate on the Kurds' political representation in Turkey, tracing the different forms it has taken since 1950. The book highlights how the transformations in Kurdish society have affected the types of actors involved in politics and the avenues, organisations and networks Kurds use to challenge the state. Based on survey data obtained from over 350 individuals, this is the first book to provide an in-depth analysis of Kurdish attitudes from across different segments of Kurdish society, including the elite, the business and professional classes, women and youth activists. It is an intimate portrait of how Kurds today are dealing with the challenges and difficulties of political representation.
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              ISBN 9780755601899
              Released NZ 23 Jul 2020
              Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
              Interest Age 16+ years
              Series Kurdish Studies
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