Anonymous asked: can you please recommend a book I can read about Kurdistan its history?
Sorry for delaying my response to this message, I wasn’t ignoring you. I just have difficulty suggesting the right material for beginners because most history book on Kurdistan ignore the genocide of over 1 million Kurds as the theme of the books focus on the historical and cultural aspect of Kurdistan.
I’m currently re-reading the “A Modern History of the Kurds: Third Edition" by David McDowell, its good but as I mentioned the genocide and political struggle receives little attention in his work.
"Kurdistan in the Shadow of history" by Susan Meiselas is another book I would recommend.
But if you are keen on a certain topic or era of Kurdish history then please inform me, I have some online resources I could help you with =}
Have a great day =}
Anonymous asked: Do you know anyone who could give me more info on Egypt's recent relations with Kurdish resistance groups/Kurdish people? I'm sorry for being such a bother and thanks for your help!
You’re not bothering me at all, so no apology is necessary. =}
You know what, I’ve wanted to research this after my exams (next week), right know I have nada, absolutely nothing except what I’ve mentioned of Nasser in my previous response. So when I do find anything I’ll gladly publish them on here for you since I don’t know anyone who could help you =}
Anonymous asked: What is egypt's position regarding kurdistan? Have they done anything to help?
I haven’t studied anything on Egypt, but I know Nasser supported Assad’s Arabization campaign of Kurdish areas in Syria and the assimilation programs for Kurds by banning everything Kurdish e.g. culture, language, names, political parties, businesses etc..
But let me tell you something interesting, you know who supported the Kurds? Libya, Gaddafi supplied Kurdish rebels with ammunition, medical supplies and helped form political organisation during the revolution against Saddam. He repeatedly expressed his support for Kurdish rights and independence in Arab conferences.
Gaddafi to Syrian foreign ministry: “You claim to be a Ba’athist and your slogan is ‘Unity, Freedom, and Socialism’…If you do not recognize the freedoms of others (Kurds), then you are not honest with your own principles.”
Whilst appreacite his support, I don’t support Gaddafi for his brutal oppression of the indigenous Imazighen people in Libya and few other reasons.
Anonymous asked: Did you support the invasion and occupation of Iraq?
I supported the removal of the tyrant Saddam, I don’t support the occupation. I would never support the Occupation, look at the daily terrorist attacks in Iraq, birth defects in Fallujah, the destruction of the once glorious city of Baghdad. I don’t support the death of nearly half a million Iraqi’s, never. Liberation for all or liberation for none.
Anonymous asked: During which century did Kurdistan exist as a country? And where did it stretch across in the maps we see today? Thank you
Kurdistan first lost its autonomy during the Arab invasion in the 7th century, it was later occupied by the Ottoman and Qajar Empire, however it was still recognized as an independent country, the maps strictly affirm that.
The division of Kurdistan occurred after WW1, the Treaty of Sevres produced by the British imperialist ”promised” an independent Kurdish state, the treaty was superseded with Ataturk’s influence with the Treaty of Lausanne, causing the division of Kurdistan between four states: Iraq, Syria, Iran and Turkey.
These are the same areas in the ancient maps, except you don’t see the artificial borders created by the colonizers.You’re welcome =}
Anonymous asked: What was life like for Kurds during the Ottoman Empire's reign?
"…One feels degraded to see human beings (Kurds) reduced to anything so low in the scale of creation"- Goerge Fowler, traveller in the mid 1830s.
(This statement from the book I’m currently reading suffices as an response to your question)
Kurds lived in sever poverty under the Ottoman (Turkish) and Qajar (Persian) empire, the area and borders of Kurdistan served as battlefields between the two conflicting and barbaric empires.
However Kurdish Lords and princes enjoyed Ottoman privilege, they acted ruthlessly against Kurdish farmers and Christians (Armenians and Assyrians) at the behest of Ottoman generals.