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A Thousand Sighs, A Thousand Revolts: Journeys in Kurdistan
A Thousand Sighs, A Thousand Revolts: Journeys in Kurdistan Christiane Bird 0345469399 9780345469397 Though the Kurds played a major military and tactical role in the United States recent war with Iraq, most of us know little about this fiercely inde
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A Thousand Sighs, A Thousand Revolts: Journeys in Kurdistan by Christiane Bird

Though the Kurds played a major military and tactical role in the United States recent war with Iraq, most of us know little about this fiercely independent, long-marginalized people. Now acclaimed journalist Christiane Bird, who riveted readers with her tour of Islamic Iran inNeither East Nor West, travels through this volatile part of the world to tell the Kurds story, using personal observations and in-depth research to illuminate an astonishing history and vibrant culture. For the twenty-five to thirty million Kurds, Kurdistan is both an actual and a mythical place: an isolated, largely mountainous homeland that has historically offered sanctuary from the treacherous outside world and yet does not exist on modern maps. Parceled out among the four nation-states of Iraq, Turkey, Syria, and Iran after World War I, Kurdistan is a divided land with a tragic history, where the indomitable Kurds both celebrate their ancient culture and fight to control their own destiny. Occupying some of the Middle Easts most strategic and richest terrain, the Kurds are the fourth-largest ethnic group in the region and the largest ethnic group in the world without a state to call their own. Whether dancing at a Kurdish wedding in Iran, bearing witness to the destroyed Kurdish countryside in southeast Turkey, having lunch with a powerful exiledaghain Syria, or visiting the sites of Saddam Husseins horrific chemical attacks in Iraq, the intrepid, insightful Bird sheds light on a violently stunning world seen by few Westerners. Part mesmerizing travelogue, part action-packed history, part reportage, and part cultural study, this critical book offers timely insight into an unknown but increasingly influential part of the world. Bird paints a moving and unforgettable portrait of a people uneasily poised between a stubborn past and an impatient future. From the Hardcover edition.

Author: Christiane Bird

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 448

Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks

Publication Date: 2005-06-14

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