In memoriam Kamal Mazhar Ahmad (1937-2021), doyen of Kurdish historians

Authors

  • Martin van Bruinessen University of Utrecht

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.33182/ks.v9i2.648

Keywords:

Iraqi Kurdistan, historiography, 20th century history, Kurdish Academy, Kamal Mazhar Ahmad

Abstract

The Iraqi Kurdish historian Kamal Mazhar Ahmad (1937-2021) was probably one of the best known and most productive historians. He belonged to the first generation of Iraqis to pursue postgraduate studies in the Soviet Union, and when he was allowed to return to Iraq in 1970, he played a crucial role in the institutionalization of academic institutions and disciplines there and acted as an intermediary between Iraqi Kurdish and Soviet academic circles. As a lecturer and later professor at Baghdad University, he trained thousands of (Arab and Kurdish) students. 

Abstract in Kurmanji

Bi bîranîna Kemal Mezher Ehmed (1937-2021), duayenê dîroknasên kurd

Dîroknasê Kurd ê Iraqê Kemal Mezher Ehmed (1937-2021), bê guman dîroknasê Kurdan ê herî berhemdar û bi bandor bû. Ew ji neslê ewil ê Iraqiyan bû ku li Yekîtiya Sovyetê di asta lîsansa bilind de xwendiye û, dema ku li sala 1970î destûra vegera li Iraqê wergirt, wî li wir roleke mezin di sazûmaniya babet û saziyên akademîk de leyist, û her weha navbênkariya derdorên akademîk ên Kurdî-Iraqî û Sovyetî kiriye. Wek dersdar û, bi pey re, profesor li Zanîngeha Bexdayê, wî bi hezaran xwendekar (hem Ereb hem Kurd) jî perwerde kirine.

Abstract in Sorani

Yadkirdnewey Kemal Mezher Ehmed (1937-2021), diyartirîn mêjûnûse Kurdekan

Mêjûnûsî benawbengî kurd Kemal Mezher Ehmed (1937-2021) yekêk bû le diyartirîn û karîgertirîn mêjûnûsekanî kurd. Yekêk bû le yekemîn newey ‘Êraqî ke xwêndinî ballay le Yekêtî Sovyet be dest hênawe. Ü katêk rêgay pêdra bgerrêtewe bo ‘Êraq le sallî 1970 da, rollêkî karîgerî bînî le be damezrawekirdnî nawende ekadîmyekan û beşe zanistyekan lew wllate da. Û herweha bû be nawendkarêk le nêwan ekadîmanî kurdî ‘Êraq û Yekêtî Sovyet da. Wekû mamostayekî zanko û paşan wek profîsorêk le Zankoy Bexdad, hezaran xwêndkarî kurd û ‘erebî perwerde û fêrkirdwe.

Abstract in Zazaki

Seba yadkerdişê Kemal Mezhar Ahmadî (1937-2021), duayenê tarîxnasanê kurdan

Beno ke tarîxnasê kurdanê Îraqî Kemal Mezhar Ahmad (1937-2021) tarîxnasê kurdan o tewr berhemdar û tesîrdar bî. O neslê îraqijan ê verênî ra bî ke Yewîya Sovyetan de perwerdeyê lîsansê berzî wendbî. Wexto ke serra 1970î de destûr dîya ci ke agêro Îraq, uca dezgesazîya beş û enstîtuyanê akademîkan de rolêko elzem ard ca û mîyanê akademîsyananê kurdanê Îraqî û Sovyetan de mabênkarîye kerde. Sey dersdayox û dima zî sey profesorê Unîversîteya Bexdadî, ey bi hezaran wendekarî (ereb û kurdî) perwerde kerdî.

 

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Author Biography

Martin van Bruinessen, University of Utrecht

Martin van Bruinessen is Professor of the Comparative Study of Contemporary Muslim Societies. He was trained as a theoretical physicist but later switched to anthropology and conducted many years of field research in Kurdistan, Afghanistan and Indonesia. His published work is informed by a strong interest in history and politics. He carried out his first fieldwork among the Kurds of Iran, Iraq, Turkey and Syria in the mid-1970s and has frequently revisited that region. Between 1982 and 1994 he spent altogether nine years in Indonesia, in research and teaching. Returning to the Netherlands, he joined Utrecht University’s Faculty of Arts in 1994 as Assistant Professor of Turkish and Kurdish Studies, and became a full professor in 1998, with a shift of emphasis to Islamic Studies. He was involved in the establishment of the International Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World (ISIM) and occupied the ISIM chair at Utrecht University (1999-2008). He is a member of the scientific committees of the Zentrum Moderner Orient in Berlin and the Institut d’Études de l’Islam et des Sociétés du Monde Musulman (IISMM-EHESS, Paris).

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Published

2021-10-31

How to Cite

van Bruinessen, M. (2021). In memoriam Kamal Mazhar Ahmad (1937-2021), doyen of Kurdish historians. Kurdish Studies, 9(2), 233-241. https://doi.org/10.33182/ks.v9i2.648

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