Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9780745399348 Published June 2017 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

Kurdish Hizbullah in Turkey

Islamism, Violence and the State

Mehmet Kurt

Kurdish Hizbullah in Turkey

Mehmet Kurt

Distributed for Pluto Press

216 pages | 5 1/3 x 8 1/2
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9780745399348 Published June 2017 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Hizbullah is commonly misunderstood in the west, and the differences between Hizbullah in Lebanon, whose followers are mainly adherents of the Shiite sect of Islam, and Hizbullah in Turkey, which is made up of Sunnis, specifically Shafii Kurds, are even less known. In Kurdish Hizbullah in Turkey, Mehmet Kurt seeks to change this, by charting the development of this powerful and misconstrued Islamist social movement from its origins in violent militancy to a more civic mode of engagement—an engagement that nonetheless provides a rationale for disenchanted young Islamists to engage in political violence. In this book, Kurt offers unique insight into Kurdish Hizbullah’s political rise and its integration of Kurdish Islamism in the region, showing how the group has successfully co-opted Kurdish nationalist discourses into an Islamist framework. Through ethnographic field work and extensive interviews with members, leaders, and supporters of Hizbullah, Kurt details how Islamic civil society managed to take root in a region where ethnic identity had been the primary factor in challenging a repressive and violent state. 
 
Review Quotes
Fatma Müge Göçek, University of Michigan
"This is an excellent ethnographic analysis of the impact of Islamism within the Kurdish movement in Turkey - a must read for those especially interested in the interaction of religion and ethnic identity in the Middle East."
David McDowall, author of A Modern History of the Kurds
"Kurdish Hizbullah in Turkey is essential reading for those who think the Kurdish struggle in Turkey is simply between the PKK and the state. With deep personal knowledge, Kurt offers us an unrivalled insight into the world view of those involved in this important Kurdish Islamic movement. He shows how deeply and broadly embedded Hizbullah is, and how it may well help shape the future."
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