Honor and Violence against Women in Iraqi Kurdistan by Minoo Alinia (auth.) PDF

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Kurdish opposition led by tribal leaders dominated the Kurdish political scene until the middle of the twentieth century, giving it a huge influence on Kurdish identity, including gender, society and politics—especially in Iraq (Bozarslan 2004; van Bruinessen 2009). Iraqi Kurdistan was a war zone from the early 1960s (Mojab 2004a: 116) until 2003. Kurdish tribes held the balance of power in the struggle between the state and the Kurdish opposition. Each FR A MING THE H ISTOR IC A L AND POL I T IC A L CON T E X T 27 side tried to attract the Kurdish tribes and mobilize them against the other in a complicated pattern of alliance building and opposition (van Bruinessen 2009; Mojab 2004a; Begikhani 2005).

Women have been continually excluded from social power by the state and the law, and subordinated within the family and in society. Issues of gender and sexuality have been either relegated to the future or totally neglected by a Kurdish nationalism that, because of the political circumstances, has been strongly influenced by tribal and kinship structures and traditions. 3 I N T E R SEC T I NG OPPR ESSION A N D M U LT I P L E X O F V I O L E N C E A G A I N S T WO M E N THE I NTRODUCTION Violence in the name of honor, including killing as its most extreme and ultimate form, is a particular form of violence against women.

Becomes articulated, formally structured and politicized only when it is threatened in some way” (Yuval-Davis 2011: 10). Experiences of otherness and resistance to oppression organized around a political project have successively strengthened the idea among Kurds that they are a distinct people. ). Conceptions of a unified and distinct Kurdish identity and of a common origin, despite the many traits that divide Kurds such as language and religion, and the existence of a highly stratified society dominated by tribal elites, have been important prerequisites for the continuity and survival of a Kurdish identity.

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