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A Short History of Kurdish Publishing and Prospects for its Future

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The people who call themselves Kurds inhabit an area of Asia known as "Kurdistan", a region that today is divided between Turkey, Iran (eastern Kurdistan), Iraq (southern Kurdistan), and Syria (western Kurdistan), with smaller populations in Azerbaijan and Armenia. The history of Kurdish publishing in Iraq is quite different from that of its neighbours. In contrast to Syria and Turkey, where the Kurdish language was banned, Kurds in Iraq, where the language is an official one along with Arabic, have been free to publish and broadcast in Kurdish. The situation of the Kurdish language in Iran, and of the Kurds themselves, differs from that of other countries in several respects. Iranian Kurds are only one of a number of linguistic minorities. The Kurds of Syria are the smallest group of the four major countries in which Kurds live, and estimates of their number today range from 900,000 to two million.

Keywords: Iran; Iraq; Kurdish Publishing; Kurdistan; Syria; Turkey



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