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Mapping Kurdistan

Mapping Kurdistan
Territory, Self-Determination and Nationalism


  • Author: Zeynep N. Kaya, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Publication planned for: June 2020
  • availability: Not yet published - available from June 2020
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108474696

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  • Since the early twentieth-century, Kurds have challenged the borders and national identities of the states they inhabit. Nowhere is this more evident than in their promotion of the 'Map of Greater Kurdistan', an ideal of a unified Kurdish homeland in an ethnically and geographically complex region. This powerful image is embedded in the consciousness of the Kurdish people, both within the region and, perhaps even more strongly, in the diaspora. Addressing the lack of rigorous research and analysis of Kurdish politics from an international perspective, Zeynep Kaya focuses on self-determination, territorial identity and international norms to suggest how these imaginations of homelands have been socially, politically and historically constructed (much like the state territories the Kurds inhabit), as opposed to their perception of being natural, perennial or intrinsic. Adopting a non-political approach to notions of nationhood and territoriality, Mapping Kurdistan is a systematic examination of the international processes that have enabled a wide range of actors to imagine and create the cartographic image of greater Kurdistan that is in use today.

    • Tells the story of the map of Kurdistan, and how its historical construction informs the Kurdish sense of territory, identity and homeland
    • Takes a non-political approach to notions of nationhood and territoriality for a systematic and historically engaged study of Kurdish politics and Kurdish engagement with the international community
    • Of importance to those interested in the renewed media focus on the Kurds, plus scholars and students of international relations, nationalism and Middle Eastern studies
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    Product details

    • Publication planned for: June 2020
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108474696
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • contains: 7 maps
    • availability: Not yet published - available from June 2020
  • Table of Contents

    List of Figures
    Note on text
    List of abbreviations
    1. Kurdish territoriality under Ottoman rule
    2. Orientalist views of national identity and colonial maps of Kurdistan
    3. Wilsonian self-determination: the rise and fall of hopes for Kurdistan
    4. Kurdish nationalism during decolonisation and the Cold War
    5. Kurds and the international society after the Cold War
    6. Kurdish diaspora: Kurdistan map goes global

  • Author

    Zeynep N. Kaya, London School of Economics and Political Science
    Zeynep N. Kaya is a Senior Teaching Fellow at the Department of Development Studies at SOAS, Research Associate at the Middle East Centre and Centre for Women, Peace and Security, London School of Economics and Political Science, and a Lecturer and Supervisor at the International Programme, University of Cambridge. Her research focuses on the Kurds and identity politics in the Middle East from an international relations perspective, and gendered drivers of conflict in Iraq.

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