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The Role of Religion in Kurdish Society: Collected Articles


A selection of articles by Martin van Bruinessen on the role of religion, religious organisations and figures in the social and political life of the Kurdish society.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
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SKU (ISBN): 978-1-61143-108-7
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Publication Status: In Print
Publication Date: Feb 9,2011
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 324
Languages: English, German
ISBN: 978-1-61143-108-7
$163.00
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This book comprises a selection of articles by Martin van Bruinessen, professor at Utrecht University, about the role of religion and religious organisations in Kurdish society. As the outcomes of a quarter century’s work including long and laborious field work, research and direct contact with the cultures in focus, the articles present an extensive discussion of religious history of Kurdistan in the recent past. Religious orders such as Sufism, Naqshbandiyya and Qadiriyya as well as heterodox religious formations like Yezidism and Ahl-i Haqq are discussed in detail as important social and political influences in the Kurdish society. The author also follows the traces of religious life of Kurdistan in the writings of the famous 17th century Turkish traveller Evliya Çelebi. In addition, he refers to examples from as far as Indonesia and South Africa to illustrate the role of Kurdish ulama in the transmission of learning between the great cultural regions of the Muslim world.

This book comprises a selection of articles by Martin van Bruinessen, professor at Utrecht University, about the role of religion and religious organisations in Kurdish society. As the outcomes of a quarter century’s work including long and laborious field work, research and direct contact with the cultures in focus, the articles present an extensive discussion of religious history of Kurdistan in the recent past. Religious orders such as Sufism, Naqshbandiyya and Qadiriyya as well as heterodox religious formations like Yezidism and Ahl-i Haqq are discussed in detail as important social and political influences in the Kurdish society. The author also follows the traces of religious life of Kurdistan in the writings of the famous 17th century Turkish traveller Evliya Çelebi. In addition, he refers to examples from as far as Indonesia and South Africa to illustrate the role of Kurdish ulama in the transmission of learning between the great cultural regions of the Muslim world.

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Martin van Bruinessen

  • Titlel Page (page 1)
  • TABLE OF CONTENTS (page 7)
  • PREFACE (page 11)
  • RELIGION IN KURDISTAN (page 15)
  • THE KURDS AND ISLAM (page 39)
  • THE CHRISTIANS OF EASTERN TURKEY, THE STATE AND THE LOCAL POWER STRUCTURE (page 61)
  • RELIGIOUS LIFE IN DIYARBEKIR: ISLAMIC LEARNING AND THE ROLE OF THE TARIQATS (page 71)
  • THE NAQSHBANDI ORDER IN 17TH-CENTURY KURDISTAN (page 89)
  • KURDISH 'ULAMA AND THEIR INDONESIAN DISCIPLES (page 113)
  • A NINETEENTH-CENTURY KURDISH SCHOLAR IN SOUTH AFRICA (page 135)
  • POPULAR ISLAM, KURDISH NATIONALISM AND RURAL REVOLT: THE REBELLION OF SHAIKH SAID IN TURKEY (1925) (page 145)
  • VOM OSMANISMUS ZUM SEPARATISMUS: RELIGIOSE UND ETHNISCHE HINTERGRUNDE DER REBELLION DES SCHEICH SAID (page 161)
  • THE SADATE NEHRI OR GILANIZADE OF CENTRAL KURDISTAN (page 201)
  • THE QADIRIYYA AND THE LINEAGES OF QADIRI SHAYKHS IN KURDISTAN (page 215)
  • SUFIS AND SULTANS IN SOUTHEAST ASIA AND KURDISTAN: A COMPARATIVE SURVEY (page 233)
  • WHEN HAJI BEKTASH STILL BORE THE NAME OF SULTAN SAHAK: NOTES ON THE AHL-I HAQQ OF THE GURAN DISTRICT (page 247)
  • HAJI BEKTASH, SULTAN SAHAK, SHAH MINA SAHIB AND VARIOUS AVATARS OF A RUNNING WALL (page 273)
  • A KIZILBASH COMMUNITY IN IRAQI KURDISTAN: THE SHABAK (page 297)
  • GENERAL BIBLIOGRAPHY (page 307)
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