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Essays on Kurds

Historiography, Orality, and Nationalism


Amir Hassanpour

The essays in this collection offer robust theoretical analysis of language and cultural rights, class and gender, policy and politics, history and historiography, nation and nationalism, and Marxism. They continue to remain original to a vast array of debates and contestations in these areas. The book includes unpublished pieces and some key contributions that are most relevant to the contemporary debates on theory and method of nation/nationalism, and the struggle of national minorities for sovereignty, cultural and political rights. Each chapter provides original data and are written over a span of decades, but significantly, they offer a radical break with the colonial, orientalist, and nationalist traditions of knowledge production. This book is an exemplary exploration of nation and nationalism in a Marxist dialectical, historical materialism.

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Foreword: The Renewal of Kurdish Studies by Shahrzad Mojab


PART I Historiography and Orality: Theory and Method

 1 Orality and Nationalism

 2 The Absence of Peasant Revolts in the Middle East: A Historiographic Myth

PART II Language and Cultural Rights

 3 The Politics of A-political Linguistics: Linguists and Linguicide

 4 The Indivisibility of the Nation and Its Linguistic Divisions

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