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Kurdish Ethnonationalism

This is the background for the thesis that, despite anticipation of difficulties and resistance on the part of existing nation-state adversaries, Kurdish ethnonationalism, over the long haul, should have the uncommon power to absorb and contain historic and factional differences among the Kurds.

The religious nationalism of the Middle East is a powerful antagonist to Kurdish nationalistic aims. In one sense, the nationalistic aspirations of the Kurds must compete with the Islamic concept of the Umma, especially articulated by the government of Iran, that all Muslims, irrespective of their ethnic or linguistic differences, are members of the community of the faithful. Iran's view is that all Muslims are therefore subject to rule by Iran, where the authority of the Umma is located. Entessar's analysis is that in Iran, as well as in Iraq and Turkey, there has been significant integration of the Kurds into the social and political mainstream but that the Kurdish ethnic consciousness has not disappeared. Entessar cites the view that the Kurds are gradually being absorbed into the fabric of the various nation-states across which they are dispersed. In this view, urbanization, as well as the virtual absence of a meaningful economic base for this traditionally nomadic shepherd people, argues that as a practical matter the notion of Kurdistan is only a remote possibility.

Entessar does not accept this view. His view is that the d


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