The Kurds of Damascus in the 1930s: development of a politics of ethnicity

White, B. T. (2010) The Kurds of Damascus in the 1930s: development of a politics of ethnicity. Middle Eastern Studies, 46(6), pp. 901-917.

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Abstract

In the 1930s, certain Kurds in Damascus mobilized in support of Kurds from the Jazira, the remote north-east of Syria (then under French mandate), who were demanding the establishment there of a Kurdish autonomous zone. Why did they do this? Rather than assuming that it was a political action flowing from a self-evident sense of Kurdish identity, this article explores the micropolitics of Damascus under French rule, and the effect of the development of the nation-state form in Syria, to account for the origins of a new politics of ethnicity.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:White, Dr Benjamin Thomas
Authors: White, B. T.
Subjects:D History General and Old World > D History (General)
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D204 Modern History
D History General and Old World > DE The Mediterranean Region. The Greco-Roman World
D History General and Old World > DS Asia
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > History
Journal Name:Middle Eastern Studies
Publisher:Routledge
ISSN:0026-3206
ISSN (Online):1743-7881

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