Asked by: Famara Hatwagner
asked in category: General Last Updated: 15th February, 2020

Why are the Kurds considered a stateless nation?

Denied their own state when colonial powers drew the map of the modern Middle East after the fall of the Ottoman Empire, the Kurds have long pushed for autonomy or outright independence in all four countries, and have often been brutally repressed.

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Keeping this in consideration, are the Kurds a stateless nation?

Stateless nations can have large populations; for example the Kurds have an estimated population of over 30 million people, which make them one of the largest stateless nations. However, not all peoples within multi-cultural states have the same awareness of being a stateless nation.

Beside above, why does Turkey dislike the Kurds? The initial reason given by the PKK for this was the oppression of Kurds in Turkey. By then, the use of Kurdish language, dress, folklore, and names were banned in Kurdish-inhabited areas. In an attempt to deny their existence, the Turkish government categorized Kurds as "Mountain Turks" until 1991.

Also to know is, why do the Kurds not have a country?

However, the reconquest of these areas by the forces of Kemal Atatürk (and other pressing issues) caused the Allies to accept the renegotiated Treaty of Lausanne (1923) and the borders of the modern Republic of Turkey, leaving the Kurds without a self-ruled region.

Why are the Kurds called the Kurds?

Name. There are different theories about the origin of the name Kurd. According to one theory, it originates in Middle Persian as ???? kwrt-, a term for "nomad; tent-dweller". After the Muslim conquest of Persia, this term was adopted into Arabic as kurd-, and was used specifically for nomadic tribes.

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