Ahmad Khani, also spelled Ahmad-i Khani (Kurdish: Ehmedê Xanî‎; 1650, Hakkari – 1707, Doğubayazıt), was a Kurdish writer, poet, astronomer and philosopher.[1] He was born amongst the Khani's tribe in Hakkari province in present-day Turkey. He moved to Bayezid in Ritkan province and settled there. Later he started with teaching Kurdish (Kurmanji) at basic level. Khani was fluent in Kurdish, Arabic and Persian. He wrote his...

Prof Kamal Mazhar Ahmad (Kurdish: Kemal Mezher Ehmad) was born in Silémaní, Baban province 1938, . He grew up in a turbulent time of the Iraqi history when General Abdul Karim Qassem came to power after a military coupe. Young Kamal after finishing his college education in...

Prof. Ismet Cherif Vanli (1924-2011), (Kurdish: Ismet Sheríf Wanlí, عیسمەت شەریف وانلی) was born on 21st Nov 1924 to Kurdish parents in the Kurdish quarter of the city of Damascus/Syria. His father Muhammad Cherif Vanli had migrated to Damascus from the Van region of northeastern Kurdistan long before...

  Mehrdad lzady (Kurdish: Mihrdad Ízedí, مهرداد ئیزه‌دی) was born in 1963 to a Kurdish father and a Belgian mother. He spent much of his youth in Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan and Korea as his diplomat parents moved from one assignment to another. He is one of the most...

Prince Sharaf al-Dîn Bitlîsî By Prof M.R. Izady Although primarily a collection of dynastic histories, there is little doubt that the Sharafnâma is the single most important surviving text on Kurdish history and people. The work is that of Prince Sharaf al-Dîn Bitlîsî (Kurdish: Mír Sheref el-Dín Bitlísí), who...

The Secret Origins of the U.S.-Kurdish Relationship Explain Today’s Disaster The seeds of Washington’s abandonment of the Kurds traces back to a classified document written in the 1970s by Henry Kissinger.   BY BRYAN R. GIBSON [caption id="attachment_16154" align="alignnone" width="800"] Mohammed Reza Shah Pahlavi, the Shah of Iran, meets US...

In Guti we Trust Prof. M. R. Izady   Recently I came across a new and otherwise excellent pictorial book on Kurdish costumes and fabrics. In such a book, nevertheless, the authors had somehow thought it appropriate to dedicate over a third of their accompanying text to Kurdish history....

THE KURDISH COMMUNITY IN LEBANON Lokman I. Meho* and Farah W. Kawtharani   This paper provides a general background of the Kurdish community in Lebanon, including their history, geography, ethno-linguistic diversity, citizenship and socioeconomic status, and associational organization. The paper also discusses the reasons why Kurds are not well integrated into the Lebanese...

Jews of Kurdistan: 10 Facts Dr. Yvette Alt Miller Jews lived in thriving Kurdish communities for thousands of years. Kurds are one of the oldest and largest ethnic groups in the Middle East. (...