Lutherans and Kurds, part I


Dr Marcin Rzepka

Lutherans and Kurds: historical encounters and cultural transactions. Part I: Early Lutheran encounters with Islam and the first Lutheran missionary enterprise in Kurdistan.

Analyzing the history of Christian (Lutheran) missionary work in Kurdistan and among the Kurds in the context of social and cultural changes we may assume that translation played an important role in defining and expressing cultural identities and belongings. Translations ground cultures, establish affiliation, construct identities. The cultural approach arises awareness of the function of translation indicating the asymmetries of the cultural systems.