The Kurds are considered the largest ethnic group without a state of
their own. Most live in the mountainous region historically known as
Kurdistan; however, this region, which includes parts of Turkey, Iraq,
and Syria, never existed as a political entity. Under the rule of others,
the Kurds were discriminated against and sometimes persecuted--
most infamously by Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. As a result the
dream of autonomy or a national home holds a powerful grip on the
Kurdish imagination.This book examines the economic and political issues facing the
Kurdish people today. It provides up-to-date information about the
geography and climate of the areas in which the Kurds live, the history
of this ethnic group and its society, important Kurdish cities and
communities, and the Kurds' relations with the governments of the
countries in which they live.
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