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Kurdistan Mission (VII)

An interview with Ms.Augsta Gudhart by Amir Hassanpour in 12 June 1977

Part seven of documentary series on " Kurdistan Mission" has just been posted by 'Scola' on their website.In this interview we hear the original voice of her late Augusta Gudhart.Dr.Amir Hassanpour kindly wrote the following note about the interview.

Kurdistan Mission (IV)

Part five of documentary series ‘Kurdistan Mission’ videos now is available on Scola’s homepage. In this part the works of Dr. Emanuel Edman (originated from Sweden) and Miss Meta von der Schulenberg a teacher from Germany and their services to the people of Sablax and its environs are presented based on the LOMS newsletter Kurdistan Missionary.

Kurdistan Mission (III)

 Part 3 of documentary series " Kurdistan Mission" now could be downloaded or played on SCOLA's homepage.

The life and biography of L.O.FOSSUM

Kurdistan Mission (II)

Kurdistan Mission (Part two) Is a documentary based on the availble issues of “Kurdistan Missionary” a publication of Inter-Synodical Ev.Lutheran Orient Mission Society;October 1910 to the end of 1928. This publication contains a treasure of hidden history of Mukri Kurdistan.In second part of these series Hassan Ghazi describes the views of Dr. Newton Write concerning the motive of Missionary work in Kurdistan It is now available at SCOLA.org

Prehistory of Saladin

Vladimir Minorsky, Prehistory of Saladin

Saladin's Origins (A)

The famous biographer Ibn Khallikân (A.D. 1211-82) made a special inquiry into the history of Saladin's family1 and came to the following conclusion2: "Historians agree in stating that his father and family belonged to Duwîn, which is a small town situated at the farther extremity of Adharbayjan, in the direction of Arrân and the country of the Kurj (i.e. the Georgians). They were Kurds and belonged to the tribe of Rawâdiya (sic) which is a branch of the great tribe al-Hadâniya (read: *Hadhbâniya).

Kurdistan Mission (I)

The first part of the documentary "Kurdistan Mission " is now available on SCOLA television network on Internet. This documentary contains 12 episodes which covers the activities of the Lutheran Mission Orient Society in the city of Savoujbulax (Mahabad) and its environs. The documentary reveals many hidden aspects of the history of Mukriyan through personalities and thoughts of these missionaries, reasons to be in the area, witnessing the evens, and their services to health care, social and culture of the community.  

Are Kurdology departments needed?

by Bilal Sambur, TZ, 19/05/2009

The state-owned Turkish Radio and Television Corporation's (TRT) recent launch of a TV channel, TRT 6, has been followed by debates at the Higher Education Board (YÖK) and universities concerning whether universities should open Kurdish language and literature or Kurdology departments. 

These debates largely concentrate on whether opening such departments is legally feasible. Eventually, YÖK endorsed İstanbul University's demand for opening a center for Kurdish studies. The debates also serve to highlight the bitter truth that even if we can open Kurdology departments, we do not have academics to employ in this field. As our country needs the opening of Kurdology departments, the very field of Kurdology needs a new boost.

Problems In Kurdish Historiography

By Prof. Mehrdad Izady

Compilation and organization of Kurdish history is a time consuming task. Happily, the cause is the sheer volume of available primary sources of information, and not the dearth. Located as they have been in the geographical heartland of the greater Middle East, and commanding vast natural and human resources, the ancestors of Kurds have been inevitably and amply recorded in man's earliest experimentations with writing. After all, Kurds do share their past with all the other Middle Eastern peoples who constitute the oldest literate societies on this planet.

Exploring Kurdish Origins

The question of Kurdish origins, i.e., who the Kurds are and where they come from, has for too long remained an enigma. Doubtless in a few words one can respond, for example, that Kurds are the end-product of numerous layers of cultural and genetic material superimposed over thousands of years of internal migrations, immigrations, cultural innovations and importations. But identifying the roots and the course of evolution of present Kurdish ethnic identity calls for a greater effort. It calls for the study of each of the many layers of these human movements and cultural influences, as many and as early in time as is currently possible. And to achieve this, one needs to delve deep into antiquity, and debate notions as diverse as anthropology, linguistics, genetics, theology, economics and demography, not to mention simple old narrative history.

An Independent Kurdistan?

Robert Olson, Professor of Middle East Politics, University of Kentucky

Due to the strong resistance to the US occupation of Iraq and the internecine hostility that has resulted between Arabs and Kurds, reports in the public media have raised the possibility of the Kurds declaring an independent state. While the Kurds have made great strides in state formation developments since the US occupation of Iraq in March 2003, their achieving of independence remains problematic.

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