Kurdish Nationalism

Editor's Note: The Kurds span several state borders. Rather than duplicate links on several pages, I have opted to provide one page of links related to the Kurdish national movement. Pages related to the surrounding states will follow.

The Emergence of Kurdish Nationalism and the Sheikh Said Rebellion, 1880-1925: This article, by Robert Olson (Univ. of Texas, Austin) provides a history of the Sheikh Said Rebellion - the first large-scale nationalist rebellion by the Kurds."

Meet The Kurds: Article providing a discription of the Kurdish people and their homeland. Little attempt is made to address the larger political issue surrounding the Kurdish battle for a recognized state.

American Kurdish Information Network: "The American Kurdish Information Network (AKIN) is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization established in 1993 to serve the information needs of this country relative to the Kurds. It does this to fulfill two needs: ours, to hold a mirror to the events that are taking place in the Kurdish regions of Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Syria and those of the American public, to enable them to have access to collected materials on the subject. AKIN hopes to function as a bridge over which friendships and knowledge are exchanged to the benefit of both peoples. Its aim is to increase awareness about the Kurds. AKIN is comprised of Americans of Kurdish origin and recent Kurdish immigrants and refugees from all walks of life: entrepreneurs, blue- and white-collar workers, students, and American supporters. AKIN collects, translates, and disseminates information about the Kurds. It hopes to become a valuable resource center for policy makers, scholars, and students of the region. At the same time, it seeks to promote understanding between the Kurds and the Americans. In Kurdistan, AKIN wants the killings to stop, peace to prevail, and the will of the people to be respected and accepted."

The Faili Kurds Homepage: Deals with the Kurds in Iraq. It is written very much in favor of the Kurdish efforts to attain a homeland describing the "great Kurdish people" and the "injustice" being perpetrated against them. The page is very slow due to large roll-over graphics.

The Washington Post: Who Are The Kurds?: An account of the Kurds published under the heading "Terrorism Report" by The Washington Post. Provides background information and basic historical information.

The Kurds in Turkey: A concise description of the Kurdish issue in Turkey. Published by the Federation of American Scientists Arms Sales Monitoring Project. Contains concise information about the numbers killed and the amount of money being spent by the Turkish government to fight the PKK.

Kurds and Kurdistan: Facts and Figures: Information reproduced from the International Journal of Kurdish Studies.

KurdishMedia.com: "KurdishMedia.com is an independent information provider, not affiliated to any political or non-political organisation. It is vision is to become a one-stop-shop information provider on the Kurds and Kurdistan." The site hopes to provide a "scientific" approach to the Kurdish issue, contributing "peace, equality and stability to Kurdistan." Not a scholarly site, but a useful information and news service.

Open Directory Project - Kurdish: Essentially a web directory, site includes links to information about Kurdish language, art, music, religion and ethnicity, as well as the region of Kurdistan and conflict in the area. In both English and Kurdish.