Kurdish Studies in the United States

Authored by: Michael M. Gunter

Routledge Handbook on the Kurds

Print publication date:  August  2018
Online publication date:  August  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138646643
eBook ISBN: 9781315627427
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315627427-2

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Abstract

Although the United States is about as far away from Kurdistan as is geographically possible, it has a well established tradition of Kurdish Studies. Indeed, as long ago as April 1928, Sureya Bedir Khan—one of the three famous grandsons of the legendary mir of the emirate of Botan, Bedir Khan Beg (1800c.–1868)—journeyed to Detroit, Michigan, to mobilize the Kurdish community in that famous automobile capital in support of Khoybun’s Ararat revolt against Turkey. Surely, Bedir Khan only made this trip because there was a politically active Kurdish community there to receive him. 1

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