Family, Empire, and Nation: Kurdish Bedirkhanis and the Politics of Origins in a Changing Era

  title={Family, Empire, and Nation: Kurdish Bedirkhanis and the Politics of Origins in a Changing Era},
  author={Ahmet Serdar Akt{\"u}rk},
  journal={Journal of Global South Studies},
  pages={390 - 423}
  • A. Aktürk
  • Published 22 September 2018
  • History
  • Journal of Global South Studies
Abstract:This article traces the evolving significance of a prominent princely Kurdish family’s claim of noble descent from the first half of the nineteenth century through the first half of the twentieth century. The Bedirkhan family, a branch of the wider Azizan family, were hereditary rulers of the Bohtan principality in Ottoman Kurdistan until 1847 and after that a part of the Ottoman imperial power elite. This Kurdish princely family traditionally claimed descent from Khalid ibn al-Walid… 



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