Kurdistan at the turn of the 20th century_1


Dr Marcin Rzepka

Kurdistan at the turn of the 20th century: transformation, conversion, translation. Part 1: Kurds and Chrisitians in Urmi


The intensive contacts between Kurds and Western missionaries in the 19th century resulted in significant cultural and social changes, which developed new concept of identity, highly hybridized “liquid identity” , it also determined growth of new cultural values and self-awareness of both Kurds and missionaries. To exemplify such contacts and changes the terms as transformation, conversion and translation are going to be used. They are adopted to study societies in a micro-scale in Urmia, Hamadan and Kermanshah.