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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 The book includes unpublished pieces and some key contributions that are most relevant to the contemporary debates on theory and method of nation/nationalism, and the struggle of national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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Figure 2.1. Region of the Peasant Uprising 1952–1953 in Mukri Kurdistan (map by the author)

Figure 4.1. The Line Separating Kurmanji and Sorani Dialects


Example 11.1. “Ey Reqîb!” with the original Sorani text (from Nebez 1969, 52) and the Kurmanji text sung by Sivan Perwer (on his Tape 3)

Example 11.2. “Hedî, Hedî” (Gently, Gently) as sung by Sahrux on Az dast-e ‘eshq

Example 11.3. Sivan Perwer, “Hevalê bargiranim” (from his Tape 2).

Example 11.4. Be Pîroz (Nair Rezazi, Be Pîroz, A/1; Cewarî 1983, no. 26; Celîl 1973, no. 34 Celîl 1986, no. 46; Cewarî 1983, no. 12)

Example 11.5. Nasir Rezazi, “Be piroz, be pirozhe” (Congratulations! Or All the best!)

Example 11.6. Bêrî (Bayrak 1991, 167; Nasir Rezazi, Be Pîroz, A/2; Celîl 1986, no. 73; Celîl 1986, no. 3)

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