The state we’re in

Postcolonial sequestration and the Kurdish quest for independence since the First World War

Authored by: Francis Owtram

Routledge Handbook on the Kurds

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

Print ISBN: 9781138646643
eBook ISBN: 9781315627427
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315627427-23

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Abstract

Since the 2011 Arab Spring revolutions and ongoing conflicts sent a seismic shock through the Middle East, the plight of the Kurds as a ‘stateless nation’ and the suffering they have endured has grabbed the world’s attention with a number of related developments: First, the attempt by Kurds and others to flee across the Mediterranean to find safe haven from the civil wars in Syria and Iraq culminated in harrowing images of drowned people, most notably the toddler Alan Kurdi, and second, the role of Kurdish fighters in resisting the Islamic State (IS) onslaught and siege of Kobani, and then in expelling the IS forces bent on genocide in the ancestral home of the Yazidis around Mount Sinjar.

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