This indispensable resource for Western readers about the Kurds―an ancient indigenous group that exemplifies diversity in the Middle East―examines their history, politics, economics, and social structure.
• Supplies a thorough examination of the Kurds, a people that are of great interest and relevance to the general public because of their successful campaign against the Islamic State
• Offers a local, regional, and global perspective on important current Middle Eastern issues through the context of the Kurdish people
• Underscores how the Kurds stand for diversity and pluralism in an otherwise homogeneous Middle East
• Enables readers to develop a much better understanding of U.S. involvement in the Middle East
• Includes entries written by a team of international contributors, including many Kurdish scholars