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This paintings covers the discourse on Kurdishness and the improvement of the Kurdish nationwide flow from its inception on the finish of the nineteenth century to the overdue Thirties. It examines the efforts of aspiring Kurdish leaders to "awaken" their fellow Kurds to the need of the Kurdish reason.

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4. STROHMEIER_f4-f6_18-35 11/11/02 9:31 AM Page 27 27 CHAPTER FOUR MEM Ù ZÌN Mem ù Zìn constitutes the backbone of the argument that Kurds are a nation capable of attaining a high level of civilization, and pos­ sessing a language which can yield great literature. 1 The very existence of a great epic poem was fortunate for those early devotees of Kurdish lan­ guage and literature. But the fact that the poem dated from the 17th century2 and bore witness to an age-old concern with the Kurdish language and culture was a tremendous boon.

19 The lines introducing the tale explain how the story of Mem ù Zìn is to be interpreted. The poet states he is using the story as a “pretext”20 and leaves no doubt that the tale is to be taken as an allegory of the Kurdish situation, an appeal to Kurds to throw off their oppressors. Armed with verses that so easily lent themselves to use as direct agitation for Kurdish identity and unity, and inspired by the poet 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Shakely (1992), p. 129. Shakely (1992), p. 130. Shakely (1992), p.

They did not take part in the Sa'ìd revolt, see p. 90. 27 See p. 24. 28 See Bruinessen (1992 a), pp. 187–188, on one of the most famous Óamìdìye leaders, (bràhìm Pasha, referred to as the “uncrowned king of Kurdistan”. He was loyal to the sultan but one of the worst enemies of the provincial administration. 29 Bruinessen (1992 a), p. 268. 30 As Duguid (1973), p. 151, points out, by 1895 there was no distinction made between revolutionaries and other Armenians: enmity was generalized. 26 STROHMEIER_f3_7-17 11/11/02 10:03 AM Page 17    17 inimical to the Muslims, already having usurped Muslim privileges, as well as having demonstrated their disloyalty to the empire.

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