Kurdistan: In the Shadow of History traces the history of the Kurds by presenting photographs and accounts by colonial administrators, anthropologists, missionaries, journalists, and others who have traveled to Kurdistan over the last century.
The book’s mode of organization is characterized by collage, juxtaposing different orders of historiographic evidence. Pictures, personal memoirs, government reports, letters, advertisements, and maps, interplay creating different constructs for interpretation. The reader discovers the voices of the Kurds that contest Western representations of them.
The new reprint includes a postscript focusing on the last ten years with photographic illustrations by Martin van Bruinessen whose historical introductions are now translated into Turkish and Kurdish (Soranî).
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