Lolav M. Hassan Alhamid
Kurdish Women’s Experience in Iraq: History, Politics and Literature
The present paper studies the conspicuous impact of the changing historical and political situation on the Kurdish intellectual and literary production in Iraq with particular attention to Kurdish women’s position and perspective on these changes. Focusing on the hectic periods of the Kurdish history and national movement in Iraq (and the other parts of Kurdistan), the paper traces the ways in which Kurdish intellectuals and writers reflect national and socio-political themes related to the Kurdish long-standing resistance and struggle for recognition. It is important to note that the Kurdish history, national movement and women’s standpoints in Iraq is closely related to and, to some extent, shaped by the Kurdish history, national movements and women’s standpoints in the neighboring states. Accordingly, in the overview of the Kurdish history, politics and literature in Iraq, references are constantly made to the Kurdish experiences in these states.