2. kursa ku naveroka wê wiha ye:
Kurds and Kurdistan: An overview
Reading: Van Bruinessen, M. (1992). Kurdish society, ethnicity, nationalism and
refugee problems. In Kreyenbroek, P. and Sperl, S. (Eds.), The Kurds: A
contemporary overview (pp. 26-52). Routledge. (online access:
Supplement reading (an online website devoted to Kurdish history)
Reading: Bajalan, D. R. (?). A chronological history of the Kurds, from the
Kurdistan Memory Programme:
The Kurdish Language: An Overview
Reading: Kreyenbroek, Phillip (1992). On the Kurdish language. In
Kreyenbroek, P. and Sperl, S. (Eds.), The Kurds: A contemporary overview (pp.
53-64). Routledge. Chapter 3:
Dialects of Kurdish
Reading: Haig, G. & Öpengin, E. (2014). Kurdish: A critical research overview.
Kurdish Studies, 2(2), 99-122.
Additional reading: A very important paper arguing why one cannot use linguistics
criteria alone to determine whether Hawrami/Gorani is Kurdish or not.
Hassanpour, A. (1998). The identity of Hawrami speakers: Reflections of the
theory and ideology of comparative philology.
History and development of central Kurdish
Reading: Sheyholislami, J. (forthcoming). History and development of literary
central Kurdish. To appear in Cambridge Handbook of Kurdish History, edited
by Bozarslan, H. et al.
History and development of northern Kurdish
Reading: Opengin, E. (forthcoming). The history of Kurdish and the
development of literacy Kurmanji. To appear in the Cambridge History of the
Kurds, Edited by Bozarslan, H. et al.
Guest lecture: Dr. Salih Akin, Associate Professor, Universite de Rouen, France
Language policy in Kurdistan
Reading: Sheyholislami, J. (2015). Language varieties of the Kurds. In W.
Taucher, M. Vogl, & P. Webinger (Eds.), The Kurds: History, religion,
language, politics (pp. 30-51). Vienna, Austria: Austrian Federal Ministry of the
Interior. (open source:
Reading: Hassanpour, A. (2012). Book review. Politics and Language Ideology in
Kurdish Lexicography. International Journal of the Sociology of Language, 2012 (217),
189-194. (available online at UofT library)
Guest lecture: Dr.michael chyet
Kurdish literature: An overview
Reading: Kreyenbroek, P. (2005). Kurdish written literature. In Encyclopedia
Iranica (online):Here lînkê
Kurdish classic poetry: Central Kurdish
Nalî (Mela Xidir Shaweis Sharezûrî)
-Guest lecture: A. Yaghoubi
Kurdish classic poetry: Northern Kurdish
Reading: Van Bruinessen, M. (2003). Ehmedî Xanî’s Men û Zîn and its role in
the emergence of Kurdish nationalism. In Vali, A. (ed.), Essays on the origins of
Kurdish nationalism (p. 40-57). Mazda Pub.:
Guest lecture: Dr. michiel leezenberg
Kurdish modern poetry
Reading: Hardi, Choman (2020). Poetry’s power to speak the unspeakable: The
Kurdish story: Here lînkê
Reading: Kurdish poems: A small collection compiled by J. Sheyholislami. On
Quercus. (for more online sources see further down; also see poetry collections
Guest lecture: Dr. Farangis Ghaderi
Reading: Ahmadzadeh, H. (2015). Stylistic and thematic changes in the Kurdish novel.
In I. Brandell, M. Carlson and O. Cetrez (Eds), Borders and the changing boundaries of
knowledge (220-238). Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul.
Guest lecture: Dr.