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The Kurds : A Concise History And Fact Book - Mehrdad Izady

The Kurds

A Concise History And Fact Book

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Published: 27th October 1992
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Since before the dawn of history, the mountainous lands of the northern Middle East have been home to the Kurds. Labelled "Mountain Turks" in Turkey and "Umayyad Arabs" in Syria and Iraq and coupled with the outright denial of their existence in Iran and Soviet Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan, there is much confusion over the identity of the Kurds, even among the Kurds themselves. Despite their antiquity and the growing geopolitical implications of Kurdish nationalist aspirations, very little reference work on the Kurds has been done. This book, the first of its kind, is meant to serve as a quick reference. The author, himself a Kurd, has provided a brief but documented insight into matters Kurdish. Drawing on both ancient and modern source materials, the book covers the history, ethnography, geography, culture and politics of the Kurds.

List of Maps
List of Tables
List of Figures
Preface
Notes on Sources, Spelling and Other Observations
Acknowledgments
Geography
Boundaries and Political Geographyp. 1
Plotting the Geographical Distribution of Kurdsp. 3
Internal Subdivisionsp. 8
Land and Environment
Terrainp. 13
Geologyp. 14
Climate and Rainfallp. 16
Environment and Ecologyp. 18
Flora and Faunap. 20
History
Prehistory and Early Technological Development: 10,000-3000 BCp. 23
Agricultural Technology and the Spread of the Indo-European Languagep. 27
Historical Periods
Ancient: 3000-400 BCp. 28
Classical: 5th Century BC to 6th Century ADp. 34
Medieval: 6th to 16th Century ADp. 41
Early Modern: 1497-1918p. 49
Modern: 1919-1959p. 59
Recent: 1960-Presentp. 67
Human Geography
Physical Anthropologyp. 73
Tribesp. 74
Historical Migrationsp. 86
Emigrations and Diasporap. 99
Deportations and Forced Resettlementsp. 101
Integration and Assimilationp. 108
Demographyp. 111
Future Trendsp. 118
Urbanization and Urban Centersp. 120
Ethnic Minorities in Kurdistanp. 126
Religion
Overviewp. 131
Islamp. 133
Cult of Angels
Yarsanismp. 145
Alevismp. 150
Yezidismp. 153
Sufi Mystic Ordersp. 158
Judaismp. 162
Christianityp. 163
Babism and Baha'ismp. 165
Language, Literature, and Press
Language
Kurmanjip. 172
Pahlawanip. 173
Lakip. 174
Literaturep. 175
Educationp. 179
Press and Electronic Mass Mediap. 181
Society
National Identityp. 183
National Characterp. 186
The Pahlawanp. 187
The Mountainsp. 188
The Jashp. 188
Social Organizationp. 191
Status of Women and Family Lifep. 193
Political and Contemporary Issues
Nation-States and Kurdish Nationalismp. 197
Geopoliticsp. 201
Political Culture and Leadershipp. 204
Current Political Elitep. 205
Regionalismp. 207
Political Partiesp. 209
Iranp. 209
Iraqp. 212
Turkeyp. 215
Syriap. 218
Economy
Natural Resourcesp. 221
Oilp. 221
Other Mineralsp. 223
Waterp. 224
Agriculturep. 227
Nomadic Economy: A Postscriptp. 229
Industriesp. 231
Tradep. 233
Employmentp. 234
Culture and Arts
Popular Culturep. 237
Folklore and Folk Talesp. 239
Festivals, Ceremonies, and Calendarp. 241
Dancep. 245
Theater and Motion Picturesp. 246
Decorative Designs and Motifsp. 248
Rugs and Fabricsp. 250
Costumes and Jewelryp. 256
Sculpture and Paintingp. 261
Architecture and Urban Planningp. 263
Musicp. 265
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ISBN: 9780844817279
ISBN-10: 0844817279
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 27th October 1992
Publisher: TAYLOR & FRANCIS
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.78  x 1.52
Weight (kg): 0.5
Edition Number: 1