The Kurds of Turkey: National, Religious and Economic Identities is a richly developed, multidimensional analysis of the diverse identities or elite blocs of the Kurds of Turkey. Based on the author's doctoral dissertation at the renowned Sciences Po in Paris, the book aptly demonstrates that the Kurds—much less, the Turkish Kurds—do not constitute a monolithic bloc, as many researchers and interested observers imply or even claim when they discuss the issue. As Cicek puts it: “Although most actors commonly use the notion of the ‘Kurdish issue,’ in reality there is not a single Kurdish issue, but the various ‘Kurdish issues’ of different Kurdish groups, which have different social imaginaries, ideological and political orientations, interests and institutions” (246). Thus, “the main conclusion of the research is the fact that divisions due to national, religious and class-based dynamics have constituted grave obstacles for the Kurdish groups in their consensus-building processes for the...

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