New Book Out: Comparative Kurdish Politics in the Middle East

21 06 2017

Tugdar, Emil Elif & Al, Serhun (eds)

Palgrave Macmillan, 2017

ISBN: 978-3-319-53714-6

This edited volume introduces the political, social and economic intra-Kurdish dynamics in the Middle East by comparatively analyzing the main actors, their ideas, and political interests. As an ethnic group and a nation in the making, Kurds are not homogeneous and united but rather the Kurdish Middle East is home to various competing political groups, leaderships, ideologies, and interests. Although many existing studies focus on the Kurds and their relations with the nation-states that they populate, few studies analyze the Kurdish Middle East within its own debates, conflicts and interests from a comparative perspective across Iran, Iraq, Turkey, and Syria. This book analyzes the intra-Kurdish dynamics with historically-grounded, theoretically-informed, and conceptually-relevant scholarship that prioritizes comparative politics over international relations.

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New Book Out: The Yezidi Religious Textual Tradition: From Oral to Written

19 06 2017

Omarkhali, Khanna

Harrossowitz Verlag, 2017 

ISBN: 978-3-447-10856-0

 

Public and academic interest in the Yezidis, their religion and culture, has increased greatly in recent years. The study of Yezidism has also made considerable progress in recent decades. Still, several lacunae in our knowledge remain, notably concerning many concrete aspects of the textual tradition. These gaps are due in part to the fact that many elements of religious knowledge are generally not revealed to non-Yezidis. Khanna Omarkhali, a highly qualified academic who also stems from a respected Yezidi family of religious leaders (Pir), has had unique opportunities to investigate such aspects of the Yezidi tradition.
This book is a comprehensive study of the Yezidi religious textual tradition, containing descriptions of many hitherto unknown aspects of the oral transmission of Yezidi religious knowledge. It presents a detailed account of the ‘mechanisms’ underlying various aspects of the tradition. It shows how the religious textual tradition functioned – and to a certain degree still does – in its pre-modern way, and also describes the transformations it is currently undergoing, including the issues and processes involved in the increasing trend to commit religious knowledge to writing, and indeed to create a written canon.
The work contains several hitherto unpublished texts and the most comprehensive survey to date of the extant Yezidi sacred texts. It includes four maps, a glossary of terms and a list of Yezidi lineages, and is accompanied by a CD with an extensive collection of recordings of texts (208 minutes).

 

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Call for Abstracts: Special Issue on Women and War

4 06 2017

Kurdish Studies invites academics, policy makers, activists, and students to submit high quality academic papers on the topic Women and War. Over the last years Kurdish women have become highly visible in international media coverage through different types of images. Images of female guerrilla fighters, of women in leading positions, of women in captivity of the Islamic State, of women as victims of state and communal violence, escaping war and arriving as refugees in Europe and elsewhere, have circulated widely.

Gendered analyses of war show that women are often differently affected by war, violence, and displacement than men. Studies also show that war can be seen as a time in which existing social structures are turned upside down and may be (temporarily) replaced by others. Consequently, traditional gender-relations, existing ties and social norms are challenged. This may make women vulnerable to further violence and discrimination, or, alternatively, it may open up new spaces of opportunities to women.

What is more, in the current developments in Kurdistan, most notably in Rojava (Kurdistan- Syria) and in Bakur (Kurdistan-Turkey), women are actively involved both in warfare as well as in the political process. But even if many women take up such roles, there may be many others who do not have such endeavours.

The Kurdish Studies Journal wishes to contribute to critical and empirical based analyses of the present realities of Kurdish women in all parts of Kurdistan, along with their representation as well as images that circulate about them in the international media.

Kurdish Studies invites contributions from all disciplines of the Humanities and Social Sciences that relate to women and war in Kurdistan. Submissions can be in the form of research papers, theoretical or conceptual papers, commentaries, review articles and book reviews. As a general guide, full research papers should be around 8,000-9,000 words and book reviews around 800-1,000 words. Please feel free to circulate this call for papers.

Deadlines: please submit a 250-500 word abstract before July 10, 2017. We will invite the authors of the most promising abstracts to contribute. The article deadline will be October 31, 2017.

Guest editors for this special issue are: Nazand Begikhani (University of Bristol), Nerina Weiss (Fafo Oslo), Wendy Hamelink (University of Oslo).

Please submit through http://www.tplondon.com/journal/index.php/ks/about/submissions where you will also see author guidelines and can register. For the content of previous issues please see: http://www.tplondon.com/journal/index.php/ks/issue/archive. Kurdish Studies journal is published twice a year in May and October. The publication of the special issue about Women and War is planned for May 2018.

Kurdish Studies is an interdisciplinary and peer-reviewed journal dedicated to publishing high quality research and scholarship in the field of Kurdish Studies. Launched in 2013, the Kurdish Studies journal aims to contribute to and revitalise research, scholarship, and debates in this field in a multidisciplinary fashion. The journal embraces a wide range of topics including but not limited to politics, history, society, gender, minorities, health, law, environment, economics, language, media, culture, arts, and education.

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New Issue of Kurdish Studies Out

28 05 2017

Kurdish Studies, Volume 5, Issue 1, May 2017 

Editorial 

 

On the frontiers of empire: Culture and power in early modern “Iranian” Kurdistan
Djene Rhys Bajalan

Articles

What’s old is new again: A study of sources in the Šarafnāma of Šaraf Xān Bidlīsī (1005-7/1596-99)
Sacha Alsancakli

The literary legacy of the Ardalans
Farangis Ghaderi

History of Ardalānids (1590-1810) by Sharaf al-Dīn bin Shams al-Dīn
Sara Zandi Karimi

Review: Islam and politics in Iranian Kurdistan at a time of revolution: the life of Ahmad Moftizadeh
Martin van Bruinessen

Book Reviews 
Eve Hepburn (ed.), New Challenges for Stateless Nationalist and Regionalist Parties, London: Routledge, 2011.
Reviewed by Ebubekir Isik
Paul White, The PKK: Coming Down From the Mountains, London: Zed Books, 2015.
Reviewed by Cengiz Gunes
Ibrahim Sirkeci, Jeffrey H Cohen & Pinar Yazgan (eds.), Conflict, Insecurity and Mobility, Transnational Press London, London, 2016.
Reviewed by Liza Mugge
Janroj Yilmaz Keles, Media, Diaspora and Conflict: Nationalism and Identity Amongst Turkish and Kurdish Migrants in Europe, London: I.B. Tauris, 2015.
Reviewed by Kevin Smets
Abdullah Öcalan, The Political Thought of Abdullah Öcalan, Kurdistan, Woman’s Revolution, and Democratic Confederalism, London: Pluto Press, 2017.
Reviewed by Joost Jongerden
Mustafa Aydogan, Rêbera Rastnivîsînê, Istanbul: Rûpel, 2012.
Reviewed by Ergin Opengin

 

 

Welat Zeydanlioglu

Managing Editor

editor@kurdishstudies.net

Kurdish Studies is a peer-reviewed scholarly journal.

ISSN: 2051-4883 e-ISNN: 2051-4891

http://www.kurdishstudies.net





Conference: The U.S. – Kurdish Collaboration in the Course of Reshaping the Middle East

25 05 2017

Thursday, May 25, 2017, 9:45 a.m. – 4:15 p.m., The National Press Club, Holeman Lounge, 529 14th St NW Washington, DC 20045

Conference Schedule:

 9:45 am   Registration

10:10 am   Opening Remarks by Deniz Ekici, Executive Director, Kurdish Policy Research Center

 10:15 am – 11:45 am

Panel 1: Iran’s Internal Repression Overshadowed by Its Interventionist Foreign Policy

 Speakers:

Ardishir Rashidi, Founder and President, Kurdish-American Education Society

 Rebuar Reshid, Co-President, Kurdistan National Congress

 Michael Rubin, Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute

 Moderator: Samira Ghaderi, Juris Doctor, International Affairs Expert

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Panel 2: The Changing Dynamics of Rojava in the Syrian Civil War

 Speakers:

Salih Muslim, Co-Chair, Democratic Union Party *via Skype

 Bassam Ishaq, President, Syriac National Council of Syria

 Brandon H. Wheeler, Executive Director, Freedom Research Foundation

 Moderator: Deniz Ekici, Executive Director, Kurdish Policy Research Center

2:45 pm – 4:15 pm

Panel 3: Turkey’s Deteriorating Governance and the Implication on the Kurds

 Speakers:

 Aykan Erdemir, Senior Fellow, Foundation for Defense of Democracies

 Hisyar Ozsoy, Vice Co-Chair, The Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP)

 Dirayet Taşdemir, Member of Parliament, The Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP)

 Moderator: Aliza Marcus, Writer and expert on Kurdish issue

Speakers:

Deniz Ekici

Deniz Ekici is the Executive Director at Kurdish Policy Research Center. He holds a Ph.D. from the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, Center for Kurdish Studies at the University of Exeter and an M.A. degree in Political Science from Brooklyn College, CUNY. He is a former visiting professor at Middle Tennessee State University where he taught such courses as Intro to the Middle East, Media in the Middle East, Nationalism in the Middle East, Kurdish Culture and Society and Kurdish Language Courses.

Aykan Erdemir

Dr. Aykan Erdemir is a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and a former member of the Turkish Parliament. He is a founding member of the International Panel of Parliamentarians for Freedom of Religion or Belief, and a drafter of and signatory to the Oslo Charter for Freedom of Religion or Belief (2014) as well as a signatory legislator to the London Declaration on Combating Antisemitism. In 2016, Dr. Erdemir was awarded the Stefanus Prize for Religious Freedom in recognition of his advocacy for minority rights and religious freedoms.

Samira Ghaderi

Samira Ghaderi holds a Juris Doctor and a Master’s in International Affairs from American University in Washington D.C. She has worked at Greenberg Traurig, LLP, assisting with legal and policy advice for the Kurdistan Regional Government. She has also worked at the Public International Law and Policy Group, where she focused on transitional justice, post-conflict constitution drafting & justice sector reform. In addition, she was a co-director of the American University’s International Refugee Assistance Project chapter, where she assisted Iraqi and Syrian refugees with resettlement in the United States.

Bassam Ishak

Bassam Ishak is a Syrian opposition activist and the president of the Syriac National Council of Syria. He is the former executive director of the Syrian Human Rights Organization, a founder of the Syrian National Council, and a former member of the council’s general secretariat. Bassam is a native Hassakeh in northeast Syria. He earned his M.A. in ethno-political conflict management from Royal Roads University in Canada, and a B.S. in civil engineering.

Aliza Marcus

Aliza Marcus is formerly an international correspondent for The Boston Globe and lives in Washington, D.C. She covered the PKK for more than eight years, first as a freelance reporter for the Christian Science Monitor and later as a staff writer for Reuters, receiving a National Press Club Award for her reporting. She is also a recipient of a MacArthur Foundation grant for her work (NYU Press).

Salih Muslim

Salih Muslim is the co-chair of the Democratic Union Party (PYD). He is also the deputy coordinator of the National Coordination Committee for Democratic Change.

Hisyar Ozsoy

Mr. Ozsoy is currently serving as the Vice Co-chair of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) in charge of Foreign Affairs and as a member of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey (GNAT). He holds a B.A. in Sociology with distinction from Bogazici University and a M.A. and a Ph.D. in political anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a former assistant professor at the University of Michigan-Flint where he taught courses in political sociology, political anthropology, social and political transformations as well as courses on Middle Eastern cultures, histories and politics.

Ardishir Rashidi

Mr. Ardishir Rashidi is a System and Products Design and Analysis Engineer. He is a founder of the Kurdish-American Education Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing educational information on Kurdish history. He also served as the Regional Director and as a National Board Member of the United Nations Association of the United States of America.

 Rebuar Reshid

Mr. Rebuar Reshid is the Co-chair of the Kurdistan National Congress and a human rights activist. He holds a Bachelor degree in Social and Political Science from Stockholm University. Mr. Rashed is an author of numbers of articles on gender equality, democracy, corruption, racism and anti-Semitism.

Michael Rubin

Michael Rubin is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute; senior lecturer at the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Civil-Military Relations; and a senior editor of the Middle East Quarterly. He received a B.S. degree in biology from Yale University in 1994, and a Ph.D. in history from the same institution in 1999. He has previously worked as a lecturer in history at Yale University, Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and at three different universities in northern Iraq. Rubin currently provides academic instruction on regional issues for senior U.S. Army and Marine officers deploying to Iraq and Afghanistan.

Dirayet Tasdemir

Ms. Dirayet Tasdemir is a Kurdish politician and a member of the Turkish Parliament for Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP). As a longtime women’s rights activist, she served as an advisor at Diyarbakir Metropolitan Municipality.

Brandon H. Wheeler

Mr. Brandon H. Wheeler, is the  Executive Director of the Freedom Foundation. As a former marine he served in various places in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. His expertise is in counterinsurgency and unconventional warfare. He regularly briefs the members of the congress, ambassadors and other diplomats. He lived in Syria for many years where he studied Arabic. After the rise of ISIS  he made numerous trips into Syria and Iraq and consulted leaders of Rojava and the KRG officials.

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Summer Language Workshop: Intensive 1st and 2nd Year Kurdish

16 04 2017





Conference: Democratic Confederalism – Developments and Perspectives of Autonomous Elective Experiences in Rojava/Northern Syria

15 04 2017

EURAC Research Viale Druso, 1 – Bolzano, Italy, Friday 21st April 2017

 

 

14:30

Welcome

15.00 – 16.00

SESSION I:  Comparative Analysis of Mechanisms for Ethnic Conflict Resolution and Management of Diversity in Complex and Diversified Contexts

 

Speakers:

  • Joseph Marko (Eurac Research, and University of Graz):

Power-sharing without Reconciliation? Comparative Lessons from European Experience

  • Karl Kössler (Eurac Research):

Governing Diversity through Autonomy – Comparative Evidence and Challenges for Constitutional Design

Moderator: Mauro di Vieste (Gesellschaft für bedrohte Völker – South Tyrol)

 

16.30 – 17.45

SESSION II: Democratic Confederalism and the Experience of Rojava/Northern Syria

Speakers:

  • Kamran Matin (University of Sussex, Brighton)

Democratic Confederalism: Context and Prospects

  • Ghadi Sary (Managing Partner – Governance House):

Self-government in Northern Syria: Survival and Ambitions

  • Dilar Dirik (University of Cambridge):

Women’s Autonomy and Self-Defense in Rojava-Northern Syria

Moderator: Thomas Benedikter (POLITiS)

 

18.00 – 19.00

ROUND TABLE: Perspectives on Democratic Confederalism and Future Scenarios

Speakers:

  • Kamal Sido (Programme Manager for Middle East, Gesellschaft für bedrohte Völker – Germany)
  • Kariane Westrheim (University of Bergen)
  • Francesco Palermo (Eurac Research and Senator)

Moderator: Wolfgang Mayr (editor in chief of RAI Südtirol)

The conference is funded by the Autonomous Province of Bolzano/Bozen,

Presidency and Foreign Relations, Office of Cabinet Affairs, Development Cooperation

 

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