Iraqi Kurdistan

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  • Kurdish Nationalism: An Analysis

    sectarian differences had come to a head after subsequent battles between the great empires in the Middle East and Islamic movements in response to European colonial exposure. The Naqshbandi Order’s popularity in Kurdistan is a testament to these factors. For instance, Shaykh Khalid, the 19th century Kurdish Naqshbandi shaykh responsible…

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  • Story Analysis: Frishta

    to survive the chemical attack on Halabja in 1988. On a hot august day in 2016, I accompanied Frishta and another mutual friend for a drive around the city. She asked our friend to pull over for what came to be a very long smoke break. We sat in a small green lawn in front of a crowded four-intersection traffic light. It was a very unusual place for two women and a man to sit but Frishta remains steadfast to her ways and decisions. During her long smoke break, Frishta informed us about another…

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  • The Kurdish-Turkish Identity

    Indeed, it can be explained that Kurdish feudalism played a major role in promoting the notion and taking over the leadership in Kurdistan. Even though the Kurds did group themselves in various political societies during the later parts of the 19th century and in early 20th century, it was in December 1918 that the groupings of the Kurds turned political and started demanding independence through the Socialist Party of Kurdistan (SPK). Nevertheless, the feudalist aspirations of the leadership…

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  • Living In Uncertainty In Suleimani Analysis

    Everyday narratives: Living in uncertainty in Suleimani This chapter focuses on ethnographic vignettes from ordinary people from the city of Suleimani, Kurdistan. I specifically analyse narratives highlighting living under uncertainty, as part of the bigger theme of everyday politicizing narratives addressed in my thesis. The everyday narratives have resulted from intermittent fieldwork conducted in 2015 and 2016, supplemented by previous reflections and encounters from 2011 in the city of…

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  • Essay: The Impact Of Islam On Kurdish Identity

    Whether by exposure to particular Islamic nations or attempting to establish their own nation, Islam is intricately tied to the ethnic identity of the Kurds. In fact, Martin van Bruinessen notes from his field research in Kurdistan during the 1970s that many pious Muslim Kurds do not acknowledge their fellow Yezidi and Alevi Kurds as truly Kurdish (Mullas 53). Islam to them was essential to the Kurdish identity. Likewise, he notes that the Yezidis and Alevis have often seen themselves as…

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  • Case Study Of Competitive Control By An Insurgent Group

    According to Bacik and Coskun (2011), although PKK have not achieved to secure an independent Kurdistan, it has achieved multiple successes. Over the three decades, it has emerged as the most prospective actor which is logistically powerful and symbolically potent representative of Kurds people in Turkey. The PKK in Iraq is a small unit which stays outside the Iraqi politics and controls its own territory (Bloomberg View 2014). It is reported that the PKK is playing role in combatting the…

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  • Capitalism In Suleiman

    production; it compels them to introduce what it calls civilization into their midst; i.e., to become bourgeois themselves. In one word, it creates a world after its own image” (Marx and Engels, 1992: 7). The Kurdish leaders having “no other alternative,” jumped on the capitalist-neoliberal wagon, so they too could get ahead. The story of the “Other Iraq” was pitched in international and local media presenting Kurdistan and its ruling class as friends of Westerners and embracers of free market…

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  • As Strong As Mountains Summary

    I enjoy learning about other cultures, and Kurdish is one culture that I had very little knowledge of. In fact, I am not very educated about the cultures within the Middle East in general. This book helped me understand new aspects of the Kurdish culture and their lifestyle. Author Brenneman discusses the culture of the Kurdish people. Brenneman claims that there are three dimensions of the Kurdish culture which include assimilation, nationalism, and the relation to Islam. The Kurdish people…

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  • What Went Wrong In Iraq Wrong

    terrorists took advantage of the fact that the police were poorly equipped and trained poorly, they were killed abruptly. The second problem was a shattered state. Before and after the war Iraq has always been split due to the different racial groups and their beliefs. Fixing the state was difficult due to the United States firm group on being in control of the reconstruction. Hardly allowing the UN to come forth and help out. The United State did not understand how politics worked in Iraq. So…

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  • Irregular Warfare: The Iraq War

    The holding concept allowed indigenous police or military to police the area. In order for the holding concept to be effective, a cleared neighborhood needed large force to police an area. A large force is necessary against insurgent intimidation and threats. At this point, US forces helped reestablished critical and basics services. Market shops and school were to be opened again. Over time, Iraqis controlled more and more of the projects, returning their society to normalcy. The holding…

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