Faculty Publications

Title

Between being ‘Irticaci’ and ‘Kafir’: the Kurdish Ulama, Shayhks and Kurdish historiography

Document Type

Article

Keywords

historiography, Islam, Kurdish, nationalism, Shaykh, ulama

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Middle Eastern Studies

Volume

56

Issue

1

First Page

16

Last Page

35

Abstract

This article engages with Kurdish ulamas’ and shaykhs’ relatively unknown narratives on manipulative shaykhs as a legitimate part of the story of Kurdish national history. The criticism against yalancı, fake, shaykhs from within the religious class is not encountered very often in Kurdish nationalist history writing. The stereotypical and generalizing approach to shaykhs in nationalist historiography hindered the diverse nature of religious class and silenced reformist discourses against the manipulation of religion. This article brings in the examples of ‘a-typical’ Kurdish ulama and shaykhs with national dreams, who delegitimized deceptive shaykhs by uncovering their deceits. As their narratives unfold, the diverse nature of the Kurdish religious class appears and the story of Kurdish nationalism becomes more complete. My findings also challenge the nationalist dichotomy that national and religious identities are exclusive of one another.

Original Publication Date

1-2-2020

DOI of published version

10.1080/00263206.2019.1650028

Repository

UNI ScholarWorks, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

Language

en

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