Syrian Kurdish Themes

07 January, 2021

The Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies has published a book by Abdulbaset Sieda showcasing a selection of his essays and papers presented in conferences and events related to Syrian, and especially the Kurdish issue, between 2003 and 2019. The book (272 pp) stresses that the Syrian Kurdish issue should be treated within the Syrian national project shared by all Syrians, on the basis of respect for individual rights, private freedoms and fair participation in government. It should not be treated as a transnational cause.

In the first chapter on Arab-Kurdish Dialogue, Sieda deals with the important issue of the relationship between Arab intellectuals and the Syrian Kurds in particular. This relationship, if built on sound foundations, would positively affect the two positions of the political parties and the general populace. He discusses the importance of connecting the silent majority, the official discourse and the Arab intellectuals who call for an end to injustice against the Kurdish people in Syria. He goes on in the second chapter to analyse the reality and prospects of the Kurdish question in Syria. He argues that the Kurdish issue in Syria is not a purely domestic issue, but rather is part of a regional issue that emerged directly after the First World War, the repercussions of which still reverberate in the region. Therefore, concerted efforts must be made from influential parties in order to put an end to the tragedies of the Kurdish people, and to recognize their legitimate national democratic rights.

Sieda goes on to place the Kurdish question within the framework of various stakeholders and actors in Syria, looking at how Kurds can serve the overarching progress of Syria in the interests of the country and the region as part of a comprehensive national project. He also devotes a chapter to the Syrian revolution and insists that Kurds in Syria are not demanding a separate entity, but equality. Three more chapters examine the future of Syrian Kurds and their integration in Syrian society, their relationship with the opposition and the historical background of the issue of the Kurdish presence in Syria. Finally, Sieda finished the book with chapters on the fate of the Kurdish National Council, a look at the roots of the Kurdish cause, and a new approach to the Kurdish question in Syria.

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