History

Historical Kurdish Biographies: Layla Qasim and the Start of a Revolution

Born in Khanaqin to a Faylee Kurdish family, Leyla Qasim (1952 – 1974) studied at the University of Baghdad, joined the KDP in 1970, and was executed by the Baath regime on May 12, 1974. Her famous last words were, “Kill me! But you must also know that after my death thousands of Kurds will …

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Historical Kurdish Biographies: Mikdad Midhad Badirkhan and “Kürdistan”

Today is the 122nd anniversary of the first ever Kurdish identity focused newspaper, ‘Kürdistan’. Started by Mikdad Midhad Badirkhan and his family in Cairo, Egypt on April 22, 1898. Badirkhan’s newspaper lasted from 1898-1902. The aim was to capture the attention of the Turkish sultan at the time, Abdulhamid II. By mentioning the word “Kurd” …

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