Ottoman Kurds of the first world war era: Reflections in Russian sources

@article{Zardykhan2006OttomanKO,
  title={Ottoman Kurds of the first world war era: Reflections in Russian sources},
  author={Zharmukhamed Zardykhan},
  journal={Middle Eastern Studies},
  year={2006},
  volume={42},
  pages={67 - 85}
}
I was well aware of the strange morals of these nomads. They would kill a believer without a moment's hesitation to seize a purse or a riding animal, but an appeal to their generosity was sufficient to transform them into considerate and attentive hosts. A proverb says that they always have a dagger in their hands, 'either to slit your throat, or to slit the throat of a sheep in your honour'. Amin Maalouf, Leo Africanus 
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