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The Political Thought of Abdullah Öcalan

Kurdistan, Women’s Revolution and Democratic Confederalism

Abdullah Öcalan

The Political Thought of Abdullah Öcalan

Abdullah Öcalan

Distributed for Pluto Press

176 pages | 5 1/4 x 8 1/2 | © 2017
Paper $17.00 ISBN: 9780745399768 Published April 2017 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $99.00 ISBN: 9780745399775 Published June 2017 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Abdullah Öcalan actively led the Kurdish liberation struggle as the head of the PKK from its foundation in 1978 until his abduction on February 15, 1999. Now, writing from isolation in Turkey’s Imrali Island Prison, he has shaped a new political movement in the Middle East called Democratic Confederalism, which is rapidly developing and spreading across the Middle East because it combats powerful religious sectarianism while also providing the blueprints for a burgeoning democratic society.
 
Bringing together Öcalan’s ideas in one slim volume for the first time, The Political Thought of Abdullah Öcalan contains a selection of his most influential writings over his lifetime. These ideas can be read in light of Öcalan’s continuing legacy during the ongoing revolution and the battle against conservatism and religious extremism. As the political situation in Syria intensifies, this book offers a timely and essential introduction for anyone wanting to come to grips with his political ideas on the Kurdish question, gender, Democratic Confederalism, and nationalism.
 
Contents
Foreword by Nadje Al-Ali
Introduction

1. War and Peace in Kurdistan: Perspectives on a Political Solution to the Kurdish Question
Introduction
Etymology of the Words Kurd and Kurdistan
Kurdish Settlement Area and Kurdish Language
A Short Outline of Kurdish History
Struggles for Resources, War and State Terror in Kurdistan
European Colonialism and the Kurdish Dilemma
The Ideological Basis of Colonial Oppression and Power Politics in Kurdistan
Kurdish Identity and Kurdish Resistance
The Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK)
New Strategic, Philosophical and Political Approaches
The Present Situation and Suggestions for a Solution

2. Democratic Confederalism
Introduction
The Nation-State
Democratic Confederalism
Principles of Democratic Confederalism
Problems of the Peoples in the Middle East and Possible Ways to a Solution

3. Liberating Life: Woman’s Revolution
Introduction
Women’s Revolution: Neolithic Era
The First Major Sexual Rupture
How Patriarchal Authority became Deep-Rooted
All Slavery is Based on Housewifisation 
The Second Major Sexual Rupture
Family, Dynasty and State
Women’s Situation in Kurdish Society
Capitalism
Economy
Killing the Dominant Male: Instituting the Third Major Sexual Rupture against the Dominant Male
Jineolojî as the Science of Woman
Democratic Modernity: The Era of Woman’s Revolution

4. Democratic Nation
Introduction
Capitalist Modernity and the Nation
Democratic Modernity
Democratic Solution
The Democratic Nation Model
To Be a Seeker of a Democratic Nation Solution
Conclusion

Index
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