Kurdish Politics in the Middle East

Kurdish Politics in the Middle East

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Kurdish Politics in the Middle East analyzes political and social dimensions of Kurdish integration into the mainstream socio-political life in Iran, Iraq, and Turkey. Its central thesis is that ethnic conflict constitutes a major challenge to the contemporary nation-state system in the Middle East. Long vanquished is the illusion of the 'melting pot, ' or the concept that assimilation is an inexorable process produced by 'modernization' and the emergence of a relatively strong and centralized nation-state system in the region. Perhaps no single phenomenon highlights this thesis more than the historical Kurdish struggle for self-determination. This book's focus is on Kurdish politics and its relationship with broader regional and global developments that affect the Kurds. It does not claim to cover everything Kurdish, and it does not promote the political agenda of any group, movement, or countryshow more

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  • Electronic book text | 276 pages
  • Lexington Books
  • MD, United States
  • 0739140418
  • 9780739140413

About Nader Entessar

Nader Entessar is professor and chair of the department of political science and criminal justice at the University of South Alabama. He is co-editor of Iran and the Modern World and Reconstruction and Regional Diplomacy in the Persian Gulf.show more

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Nader Entessar's 1992 book, "Kurdish Ethnonationalism," was one of less than half a dozen English language books on the Kurdish issue at that time. I found it extremely useful for my own doctoral work in the late 1990s. "Kurdish Politics in the Middle East" is a significantly revised and completely updated version of his earlier book. Entessar again provides a clear, compelling and honest examination of the Kurds in Iran, Iraq and Turkey. Readers unfamiliar with Kurdistan and its people will very much appreciate Entessar's ability to eloquently describe and explain the forest the overall, most important issues without getting lost in the trees of a very complex subject. I look forward to having my own undergraduate students read this work, as it provides an authoritative general overview and plenty of interesting historical details, all the while remaining very accessible to the average intelligent reader.--David Romano, author of The Kurdish Nationalist Movement"show more