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  • The photographer Who Captured the Colors of Kurdistan in Turkey

    Before Enver Ozkahraman began taking photographs in the late 1960s, Turkish media knew little about the nature, people, and beauty of Turkey's Kurdistan. Enver, a tall man with two long-lensed came

  • The Kurdish Artist Dreaming of a New Utopia

    Amanj Amin, 38, is a soft-spoken man with an overgrown moustache on his upper lip and a goatee beard. He spends hours a day in his home studio, where he creates digital art while sipping coffee.  H

  • Polo in Kurdish History and Culture

    The game of polo, chogan in Persian and gog in Kurdish, has its origins in Central Asia with roots in Iran dating to the period from the sixth century BC to the first century AD. It was initially a

  • Horses in Kurdistan: From Ancient Warfare to Modern Equestrianism

    The human domestication of animals in the Zagros region, which covers most of the areas inhabited by the Kurds, goes back thousands of years. Among the inhabitants of these lands, Kassites, who cont

  • Another "Kurdish Literature"

    There is a global phenomenon in the literature resulting from the occupation of many of the countries and peoples of Asia and Africa by European colonialists: the phenomenon of writing in the langua

  • Kurdistan’s Heritage is a Promise to be Developed

    “Where’s the heritage?” Judit Neurink wondered when she moved from Amsterdam to Kurdistan. In the end, she found enough to share with those who visit the region. When you live in the Netherlands,

  • Erbil: Rich With History, Replete With Opportunity

    It took two planes, a road trip, and a rickety speedboat to transport me to the Kurdistan Region of Iraq in January 2003. It was then the run-up to the U.S.-led invasion, and journalists were compet

  • Newroz: Kurdish New Year

    The Meaning of Newroz The Kurdish New Year celebration of Newroz (a combination of the Kurdish words new – meaning “new” – and roz – meaning “day” or ‘’sun’’ in English) marks the start of spring a

  • Wings of Hope: A Yezidi and His Story

    Foreword The so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has committed the crime of genocide against the Yezidi people. The Yezidis, a non-Muslim Kurdish religious minority in northern Iraq, h

  • One Writer's Odyssey from Sunny Kurdistan to Icy Canada

    It is a widely accepted truth that the greatest of sailors are not bred in calm waters but on turbulent seas.  This proverb can be equally applied to the craft of writing, for it is often the most

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