The Political and Cultural History of the Kurds

by Amir Harrak (Author)
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This volume, a contribution to the emergent interdisciplinary field of Kurdish Studies, is an engagement with the politics, culture and history of the Kurds. Sections of the book treat the Kurds in medieval and modern history, including the contemporary ‘Arab Spring’, as well as their language, culture and geography and historiographical issues. Individual chapters focus on the rich cultural history of the Kurds, their language, literary history, their political struggle for self-determination and the participation of women in the resistance movement, and on the encounters of missionaries with Kurdish society as well as on the poetics and politics of the Kurds and Palestinians. The first section examines the contribution to Kurdish scholarship of Professor Amir Hassanpour to Kurdish scholarship, and this anthology is dedicated to his memory. Professor Hassanpour was a prominent Marxist scholar whose revolutionary commitment to preserve, enrich and expand Kurdish History, culture and struggle is inspirational.


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Amir Harrak (Author)

Amir Harrak is Professor of Aramaic and Syriac at the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, University of Toronto, Canada. He is the Chief Editor of the Journal of the Canadian Society for Syriac Studies (Journal of the CSSS) and the founder and the current president of the CSSS. He has a doctorate in Assyriology from the University of Toronto and two Licence degrees in Art History and Oriental Philology from the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium. His latest publications include The Chronicle of Zuqnīn Parts 1–II from the Creation to the Year 506/7 AD (2017); The Monastery of Mar Behnam à la période Atabeg – XIII e S.: L’Art au Service de la Foi , Cahiers d’Études Syriaques 5 (2018); and The Chronicle of Michael the Syrian: Books XV–XXI (2019).


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