The KCK-PKK’s essentialism regarding Islam has long targeted sheikhs and aghas, the traditional loci of powers in the Kurdish environment.
Dr. Ahmet Yildiz
Senior Associate Fellow at Al Sharq Forum and the head of the Research Department of the Turkish Parliament. He has authored many books in Turkish, like “The Crisis of Nation State: Federalism and the Kurdish Issue in Turkey(2010)”, “The Republic in Test with Democracy (2012)”; “Two Faces of Kemalism (2014)”, and others. He received his MA and Ph.D degrees from the Social Science Institute at Bilkent University. Research Interests: Modern Turkish history, Turkish nationalism, the Kurdish Issue, and Democratization.
Post by Dr. Ahmet Yildiz
In the 7 June 2015 general elections in Turkey, nearly all components of Kurdish nationalism supported the Peoples’ Democracy Party (HDP). Particularly noticeable among them were Kurdish Islamist nationalists from such religio-political formations as Med-Zehra, Nubihar, Öze Dönüş Platform and Azadi. For the first time in republican history, Kurdish Islamists acquired publicity as the Islamist segment of the Kurdish national movement and created an Islamic political discourse that severely criticized the notion of Islamic fraternity as the Islamist mask of assimilationism. The emergence of Kurdish Islamism, its Islamic narrative, its secession from the ruling AK Party and its crystallization as the Islamist wing of the Kurdish national/ist movement have produced new challenges for Kurdish as well as Turkish politics.