As Strong as the Mountains: A Kurdish Cultural Journey

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Waveland Press, 17.02.2007 - 137 Seiten

Robert Brenneman provides a razor-sharp awareness of the Kurds roots in the Middle East as well as their massive urban migration and the resulting cultural upheaval. Based on long-term research, this richly layered ethnography takes readers on a journey from the mountains of Ararat, the alleged resting place of Noahs Ark, to urban environments in a megalopolis like Istanbul, Turkey. Brenneman, who lived among the Kurds in both Iraq and Turkey, conducted fieldwork in such places as refugee camps, destroyed mountain villages, and tea gardens in Istanbul. He examines core and changing aspects of Kurdish culture, including human rights, ethnic identity, womens roles, family and community, religious practices, and the transition from oral tradition to literacy.

In addition to providing insight into the worldview of the Kurdish people from antiquities to current events, the author points to key lessons that can be drawn from the ongoing dilemmas they face.

 

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Inhalt

Mountain Scenario
1
Chapter 1 Discovering the Kurds
5
Chapter 2 History and Ethnic Identity
17
Chapter 3 Language and Ethnic Identity
41
The Decline of Oral Tradition
51
Chapter 5 Relationships Roles and Traditions
67
Chapter 6 Core Values and Religious Rituals
91
Chapter 7 Rapid Urbanization and Culture Change
111
Appendix A Worldwide Population of the Kurdish People
125
Appendix B Glossary of Foreign Words
127
Appendix C Languages and Dialects among the Kurds
131
Bibliography
133
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