Rowman & Littlefield, January 2021, by Hanifi Barış, a research fellow at the University of Aberdeen.

The Kurdish Model of Political Community: A Vision of National Liberation Defiant of the Nation-State undertakes a task long due in Kurdish studies: addressing common misunderstandings about and outlining theoretical implications of Kurdish politics. Hanifi Barış develops his arguments with an historical examination and finds apathy towards and a resistance to state-building in Kurdistan. Accordingly, Barış argues, this tendency to establish self-government with distaste to state-building has enabled major Kurdish movements in Turkey and Syria to develop a form of political community that constitutes a viable alternative to those based on theocratic, imperial and national sovereignty. Thus, Barış concludes, rather than being a conflict between competing nationalisms, the current Kurdish conflict in Turkey and Syria is between competing visions of political community. “


Chapter One: Introduction

Chapter Two: Autonomy within the State: Non-state Political Communities in Kurdistan

Chapter Three: Constitution-Making in the Shadow of the Founding Father

Chapter Four: Autonomy Within and Across Nation-States

Chapter Five: Conclusion