Book Reviews


  • Metin Atmaca Social Sciences University of Ankara
  • Joost Jongerden Wageningen University
  • Sabri Ateş Southern Methodist University
  • Francis O’Connor Peace Research Institute Frankfurt
  • Marouf Cabi University of St Andrews



Aramaic, bilingualism, borrowing, convergence, dialectology, language area, language contact, language diversity, language maintenance


Sebastian Maisel, ed., The Kurds: an Encyclopedia of Life, Culture, and Society, Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-Clio, 2018, 376 pp., (978-1-4408-4256-6).

Murat Yeşiltaş and Tuncay Kardaş, eds., Non-State Armed Actors in the Middle East: Geopolitics, Ideology, Strategy. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018, 278 pp., (ISBN: 978-3-319-55287-3). 

Barbara Henning, Narratives of the History of the Ottoman-Kurdish Bedirhani Family in Imperial and Post-Imperial Contexts: Continuities and Changes. Bamberg: University of Bamberg Press, 2018, 756 pp., (ISBN: 9783863095512).

Gareth Stansfield and Mohammed Shareef, eds, The Kurdish Question Revisited. London: C Hurst & Co., 2017, 712 pp., (ISBN-10: 0190687185; ISBN-13: 978-0190687182).

Abbas Amanat, Iran: A Modern History, New Haven, London: Yale University Press, 2017, pp. 1000, (ISBN-10: 0300112548, ISBN-13: 978-0300112542).


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Abbas Amanat (2017). Iran: A Modern History. New Haven, London: Yale University Press.

Bull, H. (1985). The Revolt against the West. In: H. Bull and A. Watson (eds.), The Expansion of International Society (217-228). New York: Oxford University Press.

Ralph, J. (2013). Another Revolt against the West. E-International Relations, May 13, (last accessed 8 May 2019).

Ahmadzadeh, H. and Stansfield, G. (2010). The Political, Cultural, and Military Re-Awakening of the Kurdish Nationalist Movement in Iran. The Middle East Journal, 64(1): 11–27.

Baser, B., Toivanen, M., Zorlu, B., and Duman, Y. (2018). Methodological Approaches in Kurdish Studies: Theoretical and Practical Insights from the Field. Lanham: Lexington Books.

Bosi, L., Demetriou, C. and Malthaner, S. (eds.) (2014). Dynamics of Political Violence: A Process-Oriented Perspective on Radicalization and the Escalation of Political Conflict. Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate.

Brubaker, R. (2002). Ethnicity without Groups. Archives Européennes de Sociologie, 43(2): 163–89.

Davis, M. A. and Blossey, B. (2011). Edited Books: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. The Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America, 92(3): 247–50.

Gambetti, Z, and Jongerden, J. (2015). The Kurdish Issue in Turkey: A Spatial Perspective. Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.

Gunes, C. and Zeydanlıoğlu, W. (2013). The Kurdish Question in Turkey: New Perspectives on Violence, Representation and Reconciliation. Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.

Gunter, M. M. and Ahmed, M. M. (eds.) (2007). The Evolution of Kurdish Nationalism. Costa Mesa, Calif.: Mazda.

Meho, L. I. (1997). The Kurds and Kurdistan: A Selective and Annotated Bibliography. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press.

Porta, D. della. (2013). Clandestine Political Violence. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

Romano, D. (2006). The Kurdish Nationalist Movement: Opportunity, Mobilization and Identity. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Romano, D. and Gurses, M. (eds.) (2014). Conflict, Democratization, and the Kurds in the Middle East. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Tugdar, E. E. and Al, S. (eds.) (2018). Comparative Kurdish Politics in the Middle East: Actors, Ideas, and Interests. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan UK.

Tezcür, G. M. and Asadzade, P. (2018). Ethnic Nationalism versus Religious Loyalty: The Case of Kurds in Iran. Nations and Nationalism, 25(2): 401-751.

Vali, A. (2014). Kurds and the State in Iran: The Making of Kurdish Identity. (New edition). London and New York: I.B. Tauris.

Wimmer, A., and Glick Schiller, N. (2002). Methodological Nationalism and beyond: Nation-State Building, Migration and the Social Sciences. Global Networks, 2(4): 301–34.

Yildiz, K, and Tayşi, T. B. (2007). The Kurds in Iran: The Past, Present and Future. London; Ann Arbor, MI: Pluto Press.



How to Cite

Atmaca, M., Jongerden, J., Ateş, S., O’Connor, F., & Cabi, M. (2019). Book Reviews. Kurdish Studies, 7(1), 93-110.



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