Abbas Vali is the Rector of the University of Kurdistan – Hawler. He is a political theorist and specialist in the politics of the modern Middle East. Professor Vali taught at the University of Wales, Swansea in the UK from 1985 to 2004 and at Bogazici University in Istanbul from 2004 to 2006. He has written and published extensively on aspects of modern Middle Eastern history and politics, especially on Iranian history and politics and the Kurdish Question in the Middle East.
1. Introduction: Nationalism and the Question of Origins—Abbas Vali
2. Some Remarks on Kurdish Historiographical Discourse in Turkey (1919-1980)—Hamit Bozarsalan
3. Ehmedi Xani’s Mem u Zin and its Role in the Emergence of Kurdish National Awareness—Martin van Bruinessen
4. Genealogies of the Kurds: Constructions of Nation and National Identity in Kurdish Historical Writing—Abbas Vali
5. The Making of Kurdish Identity: Pre-20th Century Historical and Literary Discourses—Amir Hassanpour
6. Kurdish Nationalism in Turkey: From Tacit Contract to Rebellion (1919-1925)—Hamit Bozarslan
7. Kurds and Kurdish Nationalism in Mandatory Syria: Politics, Culture and Identity—Nelida Fuccaro