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Publication by Rosa Burç and Delal Aydin: "Kurdish Movement, Contemporary (Turkey)" in "The Wiley‐Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social and Political Movements"

News from Mar 29, 2023

Read this very first entry on the Kurdish Movement in the "Wiley‐Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social and Political Movements" co-authored by Interact Guest Researcher Rosa Burç, together with Delal Aydin:

"Kurdish Movement, Contemporary (Turkey)"


The contemporary Kurdish movement, which has gained wide international attention since 2012 as a result of its fight against the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq, originated in Turkey in the late 1970s. As a way of examining how this large and complex movement has unfolded in different nation-states and contexts of conflicts, this entry focuses on Kurdish mobilization led by the Partiya Karkerên Kurdistanê – Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) – which is the hegemonic actor within this movement. Founded in Turkey's turbulent political atmosphere in the late 1970s, today the PKK leads a transregional Kurdish mobilization which has a decisive influence on the Kurdish communities in Turkey, Syria, Iraq, Iran, and European countries.

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