<i>The Kurds</i>: Autonomy or Secession?

Ofra Bengio

in Saddam's Word

Published in print April 1998 | ISBN: 9780195114393
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854523 | DOI:

Series: Studies in Middle Eastern History

The Kurds: Autonomy or Secession?

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This chapter introduces the Kurds. This group of people aimed for autonomy, they were a people who clashed and struggled with the Sunni group in Iraq. The Baʿths gravest anxiety towards the autonomy of the Kurds was that it might have led to the partition of Iraq. After the declaration of autonomy Husayn announced that autonomy was given to the people not the soil. The problems that arose after the declaration of autonomy are given here. Also the chapter discusses the conflict between Kurdish nationalism and Iraqi nationalism.

Keywords: autonomy; struggle; partition; Sunni; nationalism

Chapter.  5930 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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