The Revolutionary Rupture and the Political Field in Kurdistan: A Brief Survey

  • Abbas Vali
Part of the Minorities in West Asia and North Africa book series (MWANA)


This chapter investigates the discursive representation of political and ideological positions and the constituencies of support of political forces operating within the ethnic boundaries of the Kurdish political field in the revolutionary conjuncture of 1978–1979. The analysis is further concerned with the discourse and practice of the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran (KDPI) and the Komalay Shoreshgeri Zahmatkeshani Kurdistani Iran (KSZKI) on the means and conditions of the realisation of their stated strategies and objectives in the face of the political and military opposition by the revolutionary government in Tehran in the crucial period of 1979–1983. The chapter also focuses on the position of the non-Kurdish political forces, primarily the Tudeh Party and the Organization of Iranian People’s Fedaiyan, and their strategies to circumvent the ethnic boundaries of the political field and undermine the influence of the Kurdish political organisations. The chapter closes with a consideration of the processes and practices ensuring the consolidation of the Islamic regime and the subsequent marginalisation and expulsion of the KDPI and the KSZKI from the political and military fields in Rojhelat, marking the onset of a new and ongoing phase in the process of exilic nationalism.

Selected Bibliography

English Sources (Books and Articles)

  1. McDowall, D. A Modern History of the Kurds, London 1996.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Abbas Vali
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  1. 1.LondonUK

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