Where is the land the Kurds call "Kurdistan" but which the world thinks of merely as the mountains of Turkey, Iraq, Iran and Syria? How did the United States government manage to betray them and their cause of a nation-state in 1975 in Iraq and then again in 2019 in Syria?
Margaret Kahn will talk about her experiences getting to know Iranian, Iraqi and Turkish Kurds beginning in the mid-1970s when she went to teach and do linguistic research in Iran. She will tell the stories of Kurdish peshmerga (military forces of the autonomous Kurdistan Region of Iraq) from their aborted revolution in the the mid-70s, local Sufi sheikhs, their multiple wives, and ordinary villagers she met during the year she searched for and found "Kurdistan." Her collection of photos document an era of village life which no longer exists but still forms the basis of this remarkable culture.
What are the roots of their language, which is distantly related to English, and their religion and culture which differentiate them from all the nations they find themselves in? What battles are the Kurds still fighting?
Margaret is the author of the book Children of the Jinn: The Story of My Search for the Kurds and Their Country
. The book, now in its second edition, contains stories of the people she met while in Iran.
Senior Programs are made possible in part by generous contributions from the John R. Schwabacher Family, Diane and Jon Claerbout in memory of their beloved son Jos, as well as the Jewish Community Federation & Endowment Fund. We are grateful for the generous support of all of our donors.
Tuesday, April 20
Online via Zoom
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