Comparative Kurdish Politics in the Middle East

Actors, Ideas, and Interests

  • Emel Elif Tugdar
  • Serhun Al

About this book


This edited volume introduces the political, social and economic intra-Kurdish dynamics in the Middle East by comparatively analyzing the main actors, their ideas, and political interests. As an ethnic group and a nation in the making, Kurds are not homogeneous and united but rather the Kurdish Middle East is home to various competing political groups, leaderships, ideologies, and interests. Although many existing studies focus on the Kurds and their relations with the nation-states that they populate, few studies analyze the Kurdish Middle East within its own debates, conflicts and interests from a comparative perspective across Iran, Iraq, Turkey, and Syria. This book analyzes the intra-Kurdish dynamics with historically-grounded, theoretically-informed, and conceptually-relevant scholarship that prioritizes comparative politics over international relations.  


Kurdish Politics Middle East Iraq Turkey Syria Iran Kurdistan Comparative politics Turkoman State-building Iraqi Kurdistan Syrian Kurds Human security Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) Islamic State Kurdish Identity Self-determination Regional Development Kurdish Nationalism Oil Exploration

Editors and affiliations

  • Emel Elif Tugdar
    • 1
  • Serhun Al
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Politics and InternationalUniversity of Kurdistan HewlerErbilIraq
  2. 2.İzmir University of EconomicsBalçova-İzmirTurkey

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