Margins of Empire Kurdish Militias in the Ottoman Tribal Zone

ISBN-10: 0804775702
ISBN-13: 9780804775700
Edition: 2011
Authors: Janet Klein
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Book details

List price: $30.00
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Publication date: 5/31/2011
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 288
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

At the turn of the twentieth century, the Ottoman state identified multiple threats in its eastern regions. In an attempt to control remote Kurdish populations, Ottoman authorities organized them into a tribal militia and gave them the task of subduing a perceived Armenian threat. Following the story of this militia, Klein explores the contradictory logic of how states incorporate groups they ultimately aim to suppress and how groups who seek autonomy from the state often attempt to do so through state channels. In the end, Armenian revolutionaries were not suppressed and Kurdish leaders, whose authority the state sought to diminish, were empowered. The tribal militia left a lasting impact on the region and on state-society and Kurdish-Turkish relations. Putting a human face on Ottoman-Kurdish histories while also addressing issues of state-building, local power dynamics, violence, and dispossession, this book engages vividly in the study of the paradoxes inherent in modern statecraft.

Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Hamidiye Light Cavalry in the Ottoman Tribal Zone
A Manifold Mission
The Hamidiye Under Abd�lhamid II, 1890-1908
The Tribal Light Cavalry Under the Young Turks, 1908-1914
The Hamidiye and the "Agrarian Question,"
The Hamidiye and Its Legacy
Appendix: Map of Hamidiye Regiments, ca. 1900
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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