KURDISTANICA

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Kurdistan: Toward a Cultural-Historical Definition

By Kamal Mirawdeli, The International Conference, The Kurds Political status and Human Rights, March 1993 Introduction: Kurdistan means the land of the Kurds. And both the land and the people, of course exist. Yet, as Paul Rich (1991:Vii) has written. In political terms: “Kurdistan does not exist, which is why it ...
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PERSIAN CARAVAN SKETCHES

The Land of the Lion and the Sun as Seen on a Summer Caravan Trip By Harold F. Weston,  The National Geographic Magazine April 1921, pp417-468 Note that this copy of the article contains the sections on Kurds, pp417-425 only. PERSIANS say, with a great feeling of envy, that the ...
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Kurdistan Mission (VIII)

Kurdistan Mission, is a documentary series on the activities of the "Lutheran Orient Mission Society" in Sablax (Mahabad) and its environs in Iranian Kurdistan between 1911-1936. In this documentary the local history and events are described based on letters and reports of American missionaries published in their newsletters “ Kurdistan ...
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Watery graves

Gaziantep, Turkey, The Economist, April 29th 2009 When Turkey's Birecik dam begins filling up at the end of the month, thousands of archaeological treasures are likely to be lost. Does anyone care? A CORAL-PINK prawn, a frolicking dolphin. With each gentle prod of the pick, another brilliantly coloured sea creature ...
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The Local Vandals Destroy Another Piece of Kurdish History

Tagheh Farhad or Rawansar tomb is a rock tomb near the small town of Ravansar (Kurdish: Rewanser) 57 km north-west of Kermanshah (Kurdish: Kirmansha) in May province in Kurdistan. It is known as Tagheh Farhad among local Kurdish inhabitants of Rawansar. They believe it was cut in the rock by ...
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Soviet Plans for Baba Gurgur

Henry D. Astarjian With Churchill’s “Iron Curtain” speech, which marked the inception of the cold war, Soviet propaganda in the world and in the Middle East escalated; they offered Marxism-Leninism as a substitute to corrupt capitalism, a system that exploited the masses for the benefit of a few. They presented ...
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Kurdistan Mission (IV)

Part five of documentary series ‘Kurdistan Mission’ videos now is available on Scola’s homepage. In this part the works of Dr. Emanuel Edman (originated from Sweden) and Miss Meta von der Schulenberg a teacher from Germany and their services to the people of Sablax and its environs are presented based ...
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Kurdistan Mission (III)

Part 3 of documentary series " Kurdistan Mission" now could be downloaded or played on SCOLA's homepage. The life and biography of L.O.FOSSUM http://www.scola.org/Scola/Default.aspx On the street videos Country: Iran Language: Kurdish KurdistanMission03 Vist production. Camera & Editing: Goran Mamexelani Transleted, narrated and produced by: Hassan Ghazi ...
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Kurdistan Mission (II)

Kurdistan Mission (Part two) Is a documentary based on the availble issues of “Kurdistan Missionary” a publication of Inter-Synodical Ev.Lutheran Orient Mission Society;October 1910 to the end of 1928. This publication contains a treasure of hidden history of Mukri Kurdistan.In second part of these series Hassan Ghazi describes the views ...
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Prehistory of Saladin

Vladimir Minorsky, Prehistory of Saladin Saladin's Origins (A) The famous biographer Ibn Khallikân (A.D. 1211-82) made a special inquiry into the history of Saladin's family1 and came to the following conclusion2: "Historians agree in stating that his father and family belonged to Duwîn, which is a small town situated at the farther extremity of ...
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Kurdistan Mission (I)

The first part of the documentary "Kurdistan Mission " is now available on SCOLA television network on Internet. This documentary contains 12 episodes which covers the activities of the Lutheran Mission Orient Society in the city of Savoujbulax (Mahabad) and its environs. The documentary reveals many hidden aspects of the ...
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Are Kurdology departments needed?

The state-owned Turkish Radio and Television Corporation's (TRT) recent launch of a TV channel, TRT 6, has been followed by debates at the Higher Education Board (YÖK) and universities concerning whether universities should open Kurdish language and literature or Kurdology departments. These debates largely concentrate on whether opening such departments ...
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