The Kurds of Iraq: Nationalism and Identity in Iraqi Kurdistan by Mahir A. AzizThe Kurds of Iraq: Nationalism and Identity in Iraqi Kurdistan by Mahir A. Aziz

The Kurds of Iraq: Nationalism and Identity in Iraqi Kurdistan

byMahir A. Aziz

Paperback | December 12, 2014

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Over ninety years since their absorption into the modern Iraqi state, the Kurdish people of Iraq still remain an apparent anomaly in the modern world - a nation without a state. In 'The Kurds of Iraq', Mahir Aziz explores this incongruity, and asks the pertinent questions, who are the Kurds today? What is their relationship to the Iraqi state? How do they perceive themselves and their prospective political future? And in what way are they crucial for the stability of the Iraqi state?

In the wake of the Gulf War of 1991 in the face of the Iraqi state, the Kurds endeavoured to create a de facto state and to concretise and stabilise the institutions that would enable this. The Kurds of Iraq thus examines the creation, evolution and development of Kurdish nationalism despite the suppression of its political and cultural manifestations. Through extensive interviews in the field, Aziz assesses the impact of recent history on the complex process of identity formation amongst Kurdish students at three of the nation's leading universities. He provides an in depth examination of students' socio-economic backgrounds, and their thoughts on and experiences of what it means to be Kurdish in the modern Iraqi state, and the impact this has on their perception of their language, culture and religion.

Aziz's invaluable and extensive field research furthermore serves as a point of departure for an investigation into the relationship between national identity and historical memory in Iraqi Kurdistan and beyond. He thus analyses wider issues of the intersection and interdependency of national, regional, ethnic, tribal and local identities. He thus constructs an intimate portrait of the Kurds of Iraq, which will provide an important insight for students and researchers of the Middle East and for those interested the important issues of nationalism and ethnic identity in the modern nation state, and the impact these issues have on the stability of Iraq itself.
Mahir Aziz teaches at both the University of Salahaddin, Erbil, and the Kurdistan University-Hawler. He was also the Director of Scholarships at the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research in the Kurdistan region of Iraq and he is President of the SABIS University in Erbil. Educated at the University of Salahaddin, the Un...
Title:The Kurds of Iraq: Nationalism and Identity in Iraqi KurdistanFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.57 × 5.36 × 0.73 inPublished:December 12, 2014Publisher:I.B. Tauris Company Ltd.Language:English

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Table of Contents

List of Tables
List of Figures
List of Appendices
List of Maps
1. The Construction of Kurdish National Identity in Iraqi Kurdistan
2. Nationalism, Nation, State, Nation State and Stateless Nation
3. Approaches to Nationalism and National Identity
4. Making Sense of Kurdish History: Territory, Language and Proto-Nationalism
5. The Historical and Socio-Political Conditions for the Development of Kurdish Nationalism: 1921-91
6. Reconstructing and Consolidating National Identity: 1990-2008
7. Kurdish Nationalism among University Students
8. Toward an Understanding of Modern Kurdish Nationalism and National Identity
9. Post-1990s 'Kurdistaniyeti'

Editorial Reviews

"Mahir A. Aziz's excellent work looks at Kurdish identity and ethnonationalism, and places the manner in which Kurdish identities have developed within the context of ongoing political and social trends... It constitutes an important empirical contribution to understanding the parameters within which political leaders can negotiate arrangements for autonomy, self-government or independence." - Tim Niblock, Professor in the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of ExeterAziz's work is the most reliable work on Iraqi Kurdish nationalism, nation-building and national identity available. For those wishing to work with the Kurds in Iraq, the Greater Kurdistan Region, or in the diaspora, reading this book is a must. - Sharon Linzey, Professor of Law, University of Salahaddin, Erbil, IraqAziz's sociological survey conducted in major Kurdish universities is absolutely exclusive and proposes a very rich picture of the Kurdish educated youth. The quantitative data gathered on the sociological profile and political and cultural behaviors of his sample are absolutely crucial in order to understand the dynamics of an unofficial 'state-building' process. This sheds new light on the political evolution of Iraqi Kurdistan. - Hamit Bozarslan, Professor in the Center of Turkish, Ottoman Balkan and Central Asian Studies, at L'Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS)