Defining the Nation: Kurdish Historiography in Turkey in the 1990s

  title={Defining the Nation: Kurdish Historiography in Turkey in the 1990s},
  author={Konrad Hirschler},
  journal={Middle Eastern Studies},
  pages={145 - 166}
This article examines Kurdish historiography in Turkey in the 1990s. It centres on the question how the national community is historicised via central myths, especially for the pre-Islamic periods. As a source basis writings of members of the intellectual elite which are published in newspapers are used. This article argues that identity in the Kurdish society is currently mainly constructed around an ethnic history, which assumes Kurdishness to be constant and which is based on a dichotomy… Expand
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