In this book, Soran Hamarash aims to decolonise the modern foundation of our understanding of ancient history by showing that this foundation was set by colonial academic institutions that manifested non-objective approaches among scholars.
Book Launch: The Lost and Untold History of the Kurds
When: Thu 09 February 2023 19:00-20:30
Where: DLT, SOAS Main Building
We would like to invite you to the launch of the groundbreaking new book: The Lost and Untold History of the Kurds by Soran Hamarash.
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Soran Hamarash is a Kurdish Writer, Academic, Historian, and Linguist who has dedicated nearly 30 years of his life to the study of the Kurds and their history.
In this book, Mr. Hamarash demonstrates that the modern foundation of our understanding of ancient history was set by colonial academic institutions that manifested non-objective approaches among scholars, which has resulted in dealing with the people in historical records selectively and in isolation from each other. Consequently, the organic nature of human society is not currently reflected in the existing colonial historiography, and this has led to a significant misunderstanding about ancient history. For the Kurds, it has led to a lost and untold history.
Historical Kurdistan makes up the core of an area known as the Fertile Crescent; this is known to be one of the most important places in the birth of agriculture and writing (clay tokens). Despite that and the existence of thousands of ancient texts discovered in the region’s sites, none of these have been studied scientifically in relation to the history of the Kurds and the origin of their language. This book uses scientific and linguistic methods to analyse two types of evidence, writing/language and agriculture, to reach an evidence-based conclusion about the subjects mentioned, before decolonising their history.
This book strongly opposes the conventional colonial historiography of Ancient Mesopotamia and Anatolia. It evidences that the key to understanding that history is the Kurds, the Indigenous people of “the cradle of mankind”. It argues unequivocally that without understanding the history of the Kurds, the origin of the Western civilisation and that of the Indo-European languages will remain unknown.