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FA-252460-17

Sabri Ates
Southern Methodist University (Dallas, TX 75205)

Sheikh Abdulqadir Nehri (d. 1925) and the Pursuit of an Independent Kurdistan

A book-length study explaining why an independent or autonomous Kurdistan never came into being, anchored in the biography of the Kurdish leader Seyyid Abdulqadir Nehri (1851-1925).

What historical conditions account for how the Kurds became the largest ethnic group without its own nation? Constraining Kurdistan sets out to answer this question on the basis of a wide variety of primary sources in Modern Turkish, Ottoman Turkish, Persian, English and French. Anchored in the biography of its protagonist, Seyyid Abdulqadir of Nehri, it explores efforts to establish or prevent the creation of Kurdistan as an independent state or autonomous entity starting in the mid 1870s. In particular, it focuses on the tumultuous period between 1880-1925, during which the creation of a Kurdish state emerged as a distinct possibility and then quickly unraveled. Moreover, it studies what role the Kurds themselves played in making or unmaking a state of their own.

Project fields:
Near and Middle Eastern History

Program:
Fellowships for University Teachers

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$50,400 (approved)
$50,400 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/2017 – 7/31/2018