Between State and Non-State

Politics and Society in Kurdistan-Iraq and Palestine

  • Gülistan Gürbey
  • Sabine Hofmann
  • Ferhad Ibrahim Seyder

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Gülistan Gürbey, Sabine Hofmann, Ferhad Ibrahim Seyder
    Pages 1-21
  3. Historical Background and Turning Points

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 23-23
  4. Political System and Internal Power Structure

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 59-59
    2. Ghada alMadbouh
      Pages 77-100
  5. Economic Fundamentals and Challenges

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 101-101
    2. Raja Khalidi
      Pages 123-139
  6. Civil Society and “State”

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 141-141
    2. Samir Awad
      Pages 159-174
  7. Foreign Relations: Examples

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 175-175
    2. David Romano, Rikar Hussein, Stephen Rowe
      Pages 177-195
    3. Mkhaimar Abusada
      Pages 197-212
    4. Gülistan Gürbey, Sabine Hofmann, Ferhad Ibrahim Seyder
      Pages 213-225
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 227-278

About this book


This edited volume compares the internal dimension, politics and society in Kurdistan-Iraq and Palestine. In particular, it focuses on internal processes in Kurdistan-Iraq and Palestine (Palestinian Territory of the West Bank and Gaza Strip) in their specific shaping, development and transformation. The contributing authors analyze the transformation processes of the internal power structures, the economic basics, and the civil societies and provide an overview of the current political, economic and societal situation and challenges in both regions.  The book presents the similarities and differences between both de facto states with regard to a set of guidelines: legitimacy, power relations, transformation of politics and society. It provides empirical explanations and contributes to a better understanding of both de facto states.


Kurdistan Iraq Palestine West Bank Gaza Strip occupied Palestinian territory De facto state politics society democracy

Editors and affiliations

  • Gülistan Gürbey
    • 1
  • Sabine Hofmann
    • 2
  • Ferhad Ibrahim Seyder
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Political and Social SciencesFreie Universität (FU) BerlinBerlinGermany
  2. 2.Department of Political and Social SciencesFreie Universität (FU) BerlinBerlinGermany
  3. 3.Mustafa Barzani Section for Kurdish StudiesUniversity of ErfurtErfurtGermany

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