In fact, Kurds in Turkey have many diverse political and ideological orientations. Focusing on the elites of these informal groups - national, religious and economic - Cuma Cicek analyses the consequences of the divisions and subsequent prospects of consensus building. Using an innovative theoretical framework founded on constructivism, the 'three 'I's' model and various strands of sociology, Cicek considers the dynamics that affect the Kurds in Turkey across issues as diverse as the central state, geopolitics, nationalism, Europeanisation and globalisation. In so doing, he examines the consensus-building process of 1999-2015 and presents the possible route to a unified Kurdish political state.Cicek's in-depth and meticulously researched work adds an indispensable layer of nuance to our conception of the Kurdish community. This is an important book for students or researchers with an interest in the history and present of the Kurds and their future in Turkey and across the Middle East.
Cuma Cicek is assistant professor in the Faculty of Economic and Administrative Sciences at Mardin Artuklu University, Turkey. He received his PhD from Sciences Po in Paris and has published several books in Turkish.
FIRST PART: THEORETICAL FRAMEWORK AND ACTORS 1 THEORETICAL FRAMEWORK 2 ACTORS: KURDISH NATIONAL, RELIGIOUS AND ECONOMIC BLOCS SECOND PART: CONFLICTS AND NEGOTIATIONS 3 MUSLIM, ALEVI OR KURD?: RELIGION, NATION AND IDENTITY CONFLICTS 4 NATION OR CLASS: CONFLICT OF INTEREST 5 CONFLICT ON INSTITUTIONAL FORM OF KURDISH POLITICAL REGION: DECENTRALIZATION, REGIONALIZATION OR FEDERATION 6 NEGOTIATIONS AMONG THREE KURDISH BLOCS THIRD PART: THE SYSTEM OF ACTION 7 THE SYSTEM OF ACTION: HISTORICAL, STATE-BASED, GEOPOLITICAL, EUROPEAN AND GLOBAL DYNAMICS CONCLUSION: TOWARDS A KURDISH POLITICAL REGION?