Paper $25.00 ISBN: 9780745337722 Will Publish June 2018 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $99.00 ISBN: 9780745337739 Will Publish June 2018 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

Rojava

Revolution, War and the Future of Syria's Kurds

Thomas Schmidinger

Rojava

Thomas Schmidinger

Distributed for Pluto Press

368 pages | 5 1/4 x 8 1/2 | © 2018
Paper $25.00 ISBN: 9780745337722 Will Publish June 2018 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $99.00 ISBN: 9780745337739 Will Publish June 2018 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
The Kurdish territory of Rojava in Syria has in recent years become a watchword for radical democracy, communalism, and gender equality. This book, however, argues that much of how we see Rojava from the outside is a projection of the values of Western radicals whose understanding of the complexities of the situation are limited. Thomas Schmidinger has been working in Rojava for seventeen years, and here he gives us the clearest picture we’ve had yet of the history, politics, and society of the region today. He sketches the historical background of the Kurds in Syria, then details the developments since the outbreak of war in 2011, including the establishment of the Kurdish para-state and ongoing conflicts between Kurdish parties about how it should be administered. Drawing on interviews with leaders from different parties, civil society activists, artists, fighters, and religious leaders, Schmidinger delivers an authentic, nuanced, unromanticized portrait of Rojava today.
 
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