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The Kurds in the West Asia (XX - beginning of XXI-th century) The Kurds in the West Asia (XX - beginning of XXI-th century)
The Kurds in the West Asia (XX - beginning of XXI-th century) The Kurds in the West Asia (XX - beginning of XXI-th century)

The Kurds in the West Asia (XX - beginning of XXI-th century)

Еditor: Olga Zhigalina

Institut vostokovedeniya RAN

Moskva, 2012, 212 pages

ISBN: 978-5-89282-516-0

The Kurds are the most economically backward and deprived of civil rights population of the ethnical Kurdistan, the region of their compact living in the West Asia. After the WWI it was divided between four countries – Turkey, Iraq, Iran and Syria. The peculiarities of the state structure of these countries did not allow their governments to recognize the national rights of the Kurds that struggled for the self-determination in the form of autonomy or full independence. So, for a long time this problem played an important role in social and political processes in these countries as well as in the region of the West Asia. The authors of this collective work try to analyse an important period of the history of the Kurdish self-determination in four countries from the beginning of the XX century up today. The method of the historical determination allows to investigate the Kurdish problem in development, and to analyse it as one of the objective factor of the modern history in every country mentioned above as well as in the region of the West Asia. The articles describe the situation in Turkish, Syrian and Iraqi Kurdistan as well as in Iranian one in modern geopolitics and also the role of the Kurdish problem in the relations among the states of the West Asia. Some articles are based on the reports made by their authors at the scientific conference devoted to the problem of the Kurdish self-determination. The book also includes the articles dedicated to the memory of the distinguished specialists in Kurdish studies – Manvel A. Gastratjan and Shakro H. Mgoi.

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