Course code: ARAH38
Swedish title: Mellanösternkunskap: Kurdistan - historia och politisk utveckling
ECTS credits: 10

NB! The course is not given this semester. The information below was about autumn semester 2016.

Study period: autumn semester 2016
Type of studies: full time, day
Study period: 2016-11-28 – 2017-01-13
Language of instruction: English
Application code: LU-37461
Eligibility: General and completed 60 ECTS credits and passed the course Middle Eastern Studies: The Modern History of the Middle East (ARAH12) or the equivalent.

Introductory meeting: 2016-08-31 at 12:15 – 13:00 in SOL:A214

Teachers: Borhan Yassin


The course deals with the historical background of recent political developments in the geographical territory of Kurdistan. The study of the historical development focuses on the Ottoman period and the nation-building process following World War I and the consequences of this process for Kurdistan.

One of the most important and crucial consequences was the division of Kurdistan into several Middle Eastern countries.

The course addresses the issue of the Kurds in these different countries, emphasising the variations in the complex development trajectories that have characterised the political development of Kurdistan in the last 100 years


The course is not open for applications through / next semester. Please contact the department for more information!

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Middle Eastern Studies

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