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Trapped Between the Map and Reality

Geography and Perceptions of Kurdistan

By Maria Theresa O'Shea

Routledge – 2004 – 272 pages

Series: Middle East Studies: History, Politics & Law

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Description

Kurdistan exists as a cultural and political concept on many levels of discourse. Despite Kurdistan's divisions, lack of definition and the absence of a unified struggle for a Kurdish state, the concept survives the reality as a powerful mixture of myths, reality and ambition. This thesis analyses geographical and historical factors, which have shaped Kurdish conceptions of their identity. Historically, Kurdistan existed in the heart of an ethnically and geographically complex region, a marginal buffer zone between rival regional and colonial powers. Kurdistan's location was the key to its political and cultural developments. Many resultant features were to militate against the formation of a Kurdish state.

Contents

Abstracts

List of Maps

Notes of Transliteration, Spellings and Names

Glossary

List of Abbreviations

Acknowledgements

1. Introduction

2. Theoretical Fields

3. Geosophy, Geopiety, and Topophilia

4. Nostalgia, Myths and Landscape

5. The Map as Discourse

6. Historical Geography

7. Methodology

Name: Trapped Between the Map and Reality: Geography and Perceptions of Kurdistan (Paperback)Routledge 
Description: By Maria Theresa O'Shea. Kurdistan exists as a cultural and political concept on many levels of discourse. Despite Kurdistan's divisions, lack of definition and the absence of a unified struggle for a Kurdish state, the concept survives the reality as a powerful mixture...
Categories: Middle East Studies, Middle East Politics