Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition

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Kurds, Kurdistān
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i.—General Introduction

The Kurds, an Iranian people of the Near East, live at the junction of more or less laicised Turkey, S̲h̲īʿi Iran, Arab and Sunnī ʿIrāḳ and North Syria, and Soviet Transcaucasia. The economic and strategic importance of this land, Kurdistān, is undeniable. Since the end of the First World War, the Kurdish people, like all the rest of their neighbours, have undergone considerable trans…

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Bois, Th., Minorsky, V. and MacKenzie, D.N., “Kurds, Kurdistān”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 21 July 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_COM_0544>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007



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