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Turkey: Kurdistan

(see also Turkey & Iraq: Kurdistan)

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CIA World Factbook. Includes map.

New Internationalist Profile.

UN Development Program, Human Development Indicators.

World Guide.

On the Web: Articles

On the Web: Specialized Sites

Al Bawaba: Middle East Gateway. Section for each country.


Unrepresented Nations & Peoples Organization (UNPO).

In the Library: Articles

Atarodi, Habibollah. "The Kurds: a nation of thirty million people denied its freedom," Journal of Social, Political & Economic Studies 16,3 (fall 1991):273-86.

Barkey, H. "Turkey, Islamic politics & the Kurdish question," World Policy Journal 13,1 (spr 96):43-52.

Esim, Sinan. "NATO's ethnic cleansing: the Kurdish question in Turkey," Monthly Review 51,2 (6/99):20-27.

Hitchens, Christopher. "Ocalan, the Kurds & history," Nation (3/15/99):8.

Marcus, Alixa. "The Kurds & the Turks," Dissent 40,1 (win 93):16-20.

__________. "Turkey, the Kurds & human rights," Dissent 43,3 (sum 96):104-7.

McDowall, David. "The Kurds: an historical perspective," Asian Affairs 22,3 (10/91):293-303.

Olson, R. "Turkey-Syria relations since the Gulf War: Kurds & water," Middle East Policy 5,2 (5/97):168-93.

__________. "Turkey-Iran relations, 1997-2000: the Kurdish & Islamist questions," Third World Quarterly 21,5 (10/00):871-90.

__________. "Turkey-Iran relations, 2000-2001: the Caspian, Azerbaijan & the Kurds," Middle East Policy 9,2 (6/002):111-29.

Patton, Marcie J. "Voices from Turkey's Southeast," MERIP Report(6-7/03): 42-45.

Summerfield, D. "Turkey & the Kurds: a grave human rights picture," Lancet (8/6/94):350-51.

Wayman, Richard. "Cleaned out. Turkish army destroys villages," New Internationalist (5/94):30. Note on 10-year struggle for autonomy of Kurdish Workers' party (Partia Karkaris Kurdistan, PKK).

Zana, Leyla. [letter from prison by Kurdish M.P. charged with treason] New Internationalist (1/96):10. Published with testimonies of village leader Mehmet Gürkan & Istanbul journalist Ismet Imset to urge trial on charges of genocide of Prime Minister Tansu Çiller.

In the Library: Non-Fiction Books

Ahlberg, Nora. No Five Fingers are Alike: What Exiled Kurdish Women in Therapy Told Me (Oslo: Solum, 2000).

Ahmed, Mohammed M.A. & Michael M. Gunter. The Kurdish Question & International Law: An Analysis of the Legal Rights of the Kurdish People (Oakton VA: Ahmed Foundation for Kurdish Studies, 2000).

American Kurdish Information Network & Human Rights Alliance. The Fast for Peace in Kurdistan & the Freedom of Leyla Zana (Washington: AKIN, 1998).

Amnesty International. Iraq/Turkey: Iraqi Kurds at Risk of Forcible Repatriation from Turkey & Human Rights Violations in Iraq (NY, 1990).

Avebury, Eric. Self-Determination & the New World Order: The Case of the Middle East (London: School of Oriental & African Studies, 1993).

Barkey, Henri J. & Graham E. Fuller. Turkey's Kurdish Question (Lanham MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 1998).

Bozkurt, Askim. Das Kurdenproblem in der Turkei: die Manifestation und Konsolidierung des ethnischen Konflikts und die Frage seiner Losung (Frankfurt: P. Lang, 1994).

Bulloch, John & Harvey Morris. No Friends but the Mountains: The Tragic History of the Kurds (Harmondsworth: Viking, 1992).

Cengiz, Seyfi. Dynamics of the Kurdish & Kirmanc-Zaza Problems in Anatolia (Malvern, Victoria: Kurdish Study Group, 1996).

Chaliand, Gérard (ed.) A People Without a Country: The Kurds & Kurdistan (London: Zed, 1980).

Elahi, Maryam. Human Rights Violations against the Kurds in Turkey & Iraq (Tallahassee FL: Badlisy Center for Kurdish Studies, 1993).

Freilick, Bill. The Wall of Denial: Internal Displacement in Turkey (Washington: Immigration & Refugee Services of America, 1999).

Gunter, Michael M. The Kurds in Turkey: A Political Dilemma (Boulder: Westview, 1990).

__________. The Changing Kurdish Problem in Turkey (London: Research Institute for the Study of Conflict & Terrorism, 1994).

__________. The Kurds & the Future of Turkey (NY: St. Martin's, 1997).

Heinrich, Lothar A. Die kurdische Nationalbewegung in der Turkei (Hamburg: Deutsches Orient-Institut, 1989).

Ibrahim, Ferhad & Gulistan Gurbey. The Kurdish Conflict in Turkey: Obstacles & Chances for Peace & Democracy (NY: St. Martin's, 2000).

Imset, Ismet G. The PKK: A Report on Separatist Violence in Turkey, 1973-1992 (Ankara: Turkish Daily News, 1992).

Jafar, Majeed R. Under-underdevelopment: a Regional Case Study of the Kurdish Area in Turkey (Helsinki: Social Policy Association in Finland, 1976).

Kinnane, Derk. The Kurds & Kurdistan (London: Institute of Race Relations, 1964)

Kirisci, Kemal & Gareth M. Winrow. The Kurdish Question & Turkey: An Example of a Trans-State Ethnic Conflict (London: Frank Cass, 1997).

Kubicek, Paul. Turkey's Kurdish Troubles: An Intractable Conflict? (Washington: Georgetown U, 1997).

Laber, Jeri. Destroying Ethnic Identity: The Kurds of Turkey (NY: US Helsinki Watch Committee, 1988).

Laizer, Sheri J. Into Kurdistan: Frontiers under Fire (London: Zed, 1991).

Marashlian, Levon. Politics & Demography: Armenians, Turks, & Kurds in the Ottoman Empire (Cambridge MA: Zoryan Institute, 1991).

McDowall, David. The Alevi Kurds: A Briefing on Alevi Kurd Asylum Seekers (London: Minority Rights Group, 1989).

__________. A Modern History of the Kurds (London: I.B. Tauris, 1996).

Olson, Robert. The Emergence of Kurdish Nationalism & the Sheikh Said Rebellion, 1880-1925 (Austin: U. Texas, 1989).

__________. (ed.) The Kurdish Nationalist Movement in the 1990s: Its Impact on Turkey & the Middle East (Lexington KY: U. Kentucky, 1996).

__________. The Kurdish Question & Turkish-Iranian Relations, from World War I to 1998 (Costa Mesa CA: Mazda, 1998).

Randal, Jonathan C. Kurdistan: After Such Knowledge, What Forgiveness? (London: Bloomsbury, 1998).

Rugman, Jonathan & Roger Hutchings. Ataturk's Children: Turkey & the Kurds (NY: Cassell, 1996).

Seal, Jeremy. A Fez of the Heart: Travels Around Turkey in Search of a Hat (NY: Harcourt Brce, 1995).

White, Paul J. Primitive Rebels or Revolutionary Modernizers? The Kurdish Nationalist Movement in Turkey (London: Zed, 2000).

Whitman, Lois. Destroying Ethnic Identity: The Kurds of Turkey, an Update (NY: Helsinki Watch, 1990).

__________. The Kurds of Turkey: Killings, Disappearances & Torture (NY: Helsinki Watch, 1993).

Yalcin-Heckmanne, Lale. Tribe & Kinship among the Kurds (Frankfurt: P. Lang, 1991).

Zana, Leyla. Ecrits de prison (Paris: Des Femmes, 1995).

Zana, Mehdi. Prison No. 5: Eleven Years in Turkish Jails (Watertown MA: Blue Crane, 1997).

Zaza, Noureddine. Ma vie de Kurde, ou, Le cri du peuple kurde (Lausanne: P-M Favre, 1982).

In the Library: Fiction

Bock, Dennis. The Ash Garden: A Novel (NY: Knopf, 2001).

De Vasconcelos, Erika. Between the Stillness & the Grove: A Novel (Toronto: Knopf Canada, 2000).

Warner, Marina. The Leto Bundle (London: Chatto & Windus, 2001).

In the Library: For Young Readers

In the Library: Poetry

In the Library: Drama

In the Library: Photography

Kashi, Ed. When the Borders Bleed: The Struggle of the Kurds (NY, 1994). Informative intro by Christopher Hitchens.

CD & Audio

Film & Video

"The Back of the World (La espalda del mundo)" [2000], dir. Javier Corcuera, 89m. Includes segment on Kurdish village in Turkey & its exiles in Stockholm.

"Dreaming a Nation" [1994], by Michael Ignatieff, 50m. From Films for the Humanities & Sciences.

"Good Kurds, Bad Kurds: No Friends but the Mountains" [2000], dir. Kevin McKiernan, 79m. From Access Productions.

"Journey of Hope" [1991]. From HBO Video.

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