Ok, I am just completely overwhelmed by the span and depth of Kurdish history.
Can you imagine having a history dating back to possibly 3000 BC?
Not only that, but where others have gone through their own diaspora, the Kurds have largely stayed put in the same mountain region.
Such a long and rich history, along with their distinct language, about necessitates a need for Kurdish sovereignty.
But what do I know, after reading this book, I am totally bias.
And it makes me what to visit Kurdistan…
It was from this spectacular stage that the Kurds first stepped into the pages of history. Scholars debate the exact moment it occurred. Some argue it was around 3,000 BC in a Sumerian document that described a “land of Kardo.” Others contend that this appearing came four centuries before Christ when Xenophon recorded that retreating Greeks were harassed by “Kardouchoi” who “dwelt up among the mountains . . . a warlike people . . . not subjects of the King.” Some scholars, though, insist that we are uncertain of any reference until the Seljuk Turks began using “Kurdistan” as a geographical term in the twelfth century. These debates will never end. Far more important to the Kurds is their unshakeable belief that they are the descendants of the ancient Medes. This belief, more than any other, defines their sense of community, their pride, their ethics, their warrior code, their religious identity, and their insistence upon a place of their own among the nations of the world.
-Stephen Mansfield, The Miracle of The Kurds