Ismail Besikci is a renown Turkish sociologist who specializes on Kurds in south-eastern Turkey. He has authored several important works on Kurdish social organization and the continuing plight of Kurds today. He has also been imprisoned in Turkey most of his adult life because he has spoken out on the Kurdish issue. Besikci argues that the Turkish state has been practicing a policy of genocide against Kurds over the past 90 years.
International Colony Kurdistan is probably Besikci s most open critique of the present division of Kurdistan, an ethnically contiguous area (mainly) between Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Syria - with a Kurdish population of over 30 million people. Besikci argues that, for all their political differences, there is a longstanding understanding between these regional states to deny Kurds the right of self-determination and nationhood.
Ismail Besikci s International Colony Kurdistan was originally published in 1991 and led to the imprisonment of the author in Turkey. Sadly, the book still remains a road map for our understanding of Kurdistan today.
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