The Journal of Kurdish Studies - II
The object of this essay is to explain the discursive formation and political practice of the Kurdish nationalist movement in Iranian Kurdistan from 1942-1947, a brief but crucial period culminating in the establishment of the Kurdish Republic in 1946. The essay outlines the historical specificity of Kurdish society in Iran during this period, and assesses the relative significance of traditional and modern political and cultural relations and forces in the formation and development of Kurdish nationalist discourse and practice. It argues that the specificity of the Kurdish national movement in Iran, its structural dynamics and the modality of its development, should be sought in the changing relationship between the Kurdish society and the modern state in Iran. This relationship, which was filtered through a complex ...