By Michael M. Gunter
The A to Z of the Kurds covers the most important state on the earth that doesn't have its personal self sustaining kingdom. students, govt officers who're facing the center East and the Kurds, the inside track media, in addition to the overall reader will locate this an obtainable old account a couple of people who find themselves turning into more and more very important for the way forward for the geostrategic heart East. Maps, a chronology of Kurdish heritage, an introductory essay at the Kurds, a dictionary containing a number of hundred entries on a number of elements of the Kurdish adventure, and an in depth bibliography contain this quantity.
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AHL-I HAQQ (People of the Truth or Spirit). Ancient indigenous Kurdish religion that still persists in Iraqi and Iranian Kurdistan, AK KOYUNLU (WHITE SHEEP) • 3 where with some exceptions it corresponds with Gurani-speaking Kurds. It is also called Kakai, Yarsanism, Aliullahi, or Alli-Ilahi (those who deify Ali). It shares many tenets with the practice of Alevis and Yezidis. Its use of religious dissimulation (taquiya, similar to that practiced by the Shiites) to confuse opponents and thus survive probably helps identify it with more mainstream Shiism.
Mir of the emirate of Botan (capital Cizre) around 1821, in what is today southeastern Turkey. Badr Khan has been described as brave, charming, pious, ambitious, and reckless and is still considered by many Kurds today to be one of their first nationalists. Under his guidance, Botan grew to encompass much of what is today southeastern Turkey and even the Bahdinan part of northern Iraq. His strict rule made the emirate a noted place of security. The weakness of the Ottoman Empire at that time helped lead Badr Khan to strike for what some would argue was to be an independent Kurdistan.
At first, it called itself Jund al-Islam (Soldiers of Islam), but it changed its name in 2002. Many believe that Ansar al-Islam has connections to al-Qaida. Others dispute this contention. Apparently, some of Ansar’s members did receive training at al- 8 • ANSAR AL-ISLAM Qaida’s bases in Afghanistan. The United States claims that Ansar has received financial support from al-Qaida and has experimented with the deadly chemical agent, ricin. The group established itself in the mountains near Halabja next to the border with Iran.