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Kaya, Zeynep and Whiting, Matthew (2019) 'The Kurdish Question.' In: Özerdem, Alpaslan and Whiting, Matthew, (eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Turkish Politics. London: Routledge. (Routledge handbooks)

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This chapter traces the origins of the Kurdish question back to its roots in the Ottoman Empire. It examines how the Kurdish question emerged, how to characterise the nature of the confrontation and the basis of different perspectives on the issue, how it evolved under the Turkish republic up until the present day, and the future prospects for the Kurdish question in Turkey. It makes two modest but important points: (1) the Kurdish question needs to be placed in its historical context for any adequate understanding; and, (2) at its core is a political contestation whose form and shape is defined by the political response of the state as well as its own internal political dynamics.

Item Type: Book Chapters
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Development Studies
ISBN: 9781138500556
Copyright Statement: ©2019 individual chapters, the contributors. This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge in Routledge Handbook of Turkish Politics (2019), available online: This version downloaded from SOAS Research Online:
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Date Deposited: 18 May 2020 10:34

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