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Geological Secrets of the Zagros Mountains in Kurdistan

Geoscience deals with the processes that control the development of the Earth’s surface and distribute specific rock types at selected locations. It is the key to locating new reserves of natural resources and exploiting them in an optimal way. At the same time, investment in research boosts innovation, advancement in science, and economic growth. As […]

Homeless in Eden: The Importance of Malaye Jaziri’s Poetry

Sheikh Ahmad (c. 1570-1640 CE), better known by his pen name Malaye Jaziri, was the most important Kurdish poet of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. His poetic oeuvre, or diwan, is one of the most significant works in all Kurdish literature, representing the fundamental genesis of modern Kurdish poetry. Malaye Jaziri was the first to deploy Classical […]

Aramaic Christians in the Kurdistan Region: A Sharing of History and Values

The Background The Aramaic Christians have shared the land and history of the Muslim Kurds, Yezidi Kurds, and Jews for millennia. The bonds of land, values, language and folklore have merged these ethnicities and religions into one common socio-cultural society where differentiation only occurs in detail. This image of Kurdistan society sharply manifested itself in […]

The Kakai People: Hidden Religious Practices and Struggle for Recognition

This story delves into the captivating narrative of the Kakayi Kurds, also known as Kakais or Ahl-e Haqq. As a religious minority residing predominantly in the Kurdistan regions of Iraq and Iran, they uphold a unique and ancient belief system that intricately weaves together components of Islam, Zoroastrianism, and ancient Mesopotamian traditions. Renowned for their […]

Safekeeping National Memory

At the Zhin Center, a non-profit foundation dedicated to preserving Kurdish history and heritage, no stone is left unturned and every detail matters. The center serves as a historical repository of the political, social, cultural, and intellectual life of Kurdistan, and as it claims, is “the guardian of [the Kurdish] national memory,” said Rafiq Salih, […]