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Kurdistan: Achievable Reality or Political Mirage


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Spread across a number of countries around the world, and concentrated in four Middle Eastern countries, Kurds have yearned for their own country for almost a century, but were forgotten when the region was carved up by the Sykes-Picot Agreement early in the twentieth century. Since then, the creation of a Kurdish state was high on the agenda of all Kurds. This was especially true when we consider the lot of Kurds in Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Iran. This book examines the political situation of Kurds in these four countries, looks at how this has changed-particularly in the past decade-and considers what the future might hold for the Kurdish people and for the notion of a state of Kurdistan. It asks the question of whether a Kurdish state is achievable, or, even, desirable. The book is written for policy makers and academics interested in the Middle East region and in Kurdish politics in particular. It is written in an accessible way that makes it easy reading for anyone curious about the region and its people.



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Published 29 December 2013
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EAN13 9780994682574
Language English
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KURDISTAN: Achievable reality, or political mirage?
Mariam Jooma Çarıkçı
Published by the Afro-Middle East Centre PO Box 411494, Craighall, 2024, South Africa www.amec.org.za
First published 2013
ISBN (soft cover) 978-0-9921998-4-5
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