The Kurdish people have begun to establish themselves as a political force. Their situation illuminates the burning question of the Middle East: how do ethnicity and self-determination interact? Bringing together several disciplines, including history, anthropology, sociology, politics, and linguistics, the contributors here consider the factors that make the case of the Kurds so critical. Examples are drawn from the modern histories of Iraq, Turkey, and Iran.
Faleh A. Jabar is Director of the newly established Iraq Institute for Strategic Studies. His books include The Shi'ite Movement in Iraq (Saqi). Hosham Dawod is an anthropologist at the Centre Nationale de la Recherche Scientifique and co-editor with Faleh A. Jabar of Tribes and Power: Nationalism and Ethnicity in the Middle East (Saqi). Contributors include Joyce Blau, Martin van Bruinessen, Saad Eskander, Fred Halliday, Gareth Stansfield and Sami Zubaida.