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Lecture Slides on Kurdistan

Submitted by on April 14, 2016 – 8:21 am 6 Comments |  
Kurdish Languages mapDear Readers,

My lecture this week for my course on the history and geography of current global events examined the Kurds and the idea of Kurdistan. The slides from this lecture are available at the link below.

Lecture on the Kurds and Kurdistan

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  • Vatroslav Herceg

    This is superb! I am jealous because I dont live in California and I can not listen your lectures live.
    Keep up the good work.

    • Unfortunately, it’s not possible to post audio recordings — but we know that many people would have enjoyed them…

      • Vatroslav Herceg

        Im mostly jealous because I can not participate in the live discusion.

  • Frank Barn

    I wonder if Martin or Asya would care to speculate on how the apparently ‘non-Kurdish’ Gorani-derived Hawramani dialect in Iranian Kurdistan managed to find itself a) so completely surrounded by Sorani Kurdish, and b) so far from its nearest relatives in eastern Turkey. Having recently traveled to the region, I can vouch for its remoteness, both geographically and culturally, hemmed in by non-Gorani speakers on all sides. I am curious as to how this anomaly could have occurred.

    • Thanks for the question, Frank. This is not exactly my area of expertise, but it appears that a number of migrations (the “invasion” of the “Kurds proper” and later resettlements by non-Kurdish governments) are responsible for the peculiar geography. This article may shed more light on the issue:

      http://home.hum.uva.nl/oz/leezenberg/GInflCK.pdf