Kurdish Nationalism Essay

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Introduction Nationalism The concept “nationalism” has different meanings relating to various types of analysis: nationalism as an ideology, a movement, the process of “nation” and “nation-state” building, and an individual’s political orientation. However what is important of nationalism (then any other political ideology) is that the origin of an ideology is the intersection of history and politics, in other words, the origin of an ideology is the mirror image of the identity of its subject, whether it is the human individual, the social class or the nation. Therefore examining origins of ideology require the use of history, which gives the historical character of nationalism. The opinion of national origin lives at the heart of the nationalist claim to power, claiming to define the truth of its authority and the legitimacy of its struggle for freedom and independence. However the origin of nationalisms is questionable in terms of historicity of the nation so that one can establish its authority and legitimacy as a political subject. Kurdish nationalism however contains different conceptions of the Kurdish nation and national identity. These conceptions, whether archaic or modern, primordial, ethnicist, or constructivist are forms associated with specific political processes and practices within Kurdish history. One could argue (politically) the origins of nationalism that concerns the nationalist, as the discourse can have two contrasting origins of nationalism; the Primordialist and the Constructivist. The Primordialists believe in the antiquity of the nation, nationalism is a specific political effect of the nation, a vehicle for its historical rights to a national state. The Constructivists dispute the superiority of nationalism as the prima causa of the nation and national identity. Therefore origins of Kurdish nationalism are essential to
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